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All About Organized Crime’s New Detective, Samir Bashir, Played by Abubakr Ali

At least one detective wasn't happy about Samir Bashir's promotion and move to the Organized Crime Control Bureau.

By Elisabeth Ford

The task force at the center of Law and Order: Organized Crime has a new member — and not everyone is happy about it. 

How to Watch

Watch Law & Order: Organized Crime Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC and next day on Peacock.

Some of the detectives with the Organized Crime Control Bureau learned the news in Season 4, Episode 4 of the show, at the same time viewers did. 

The revelation was made as the team went over the latest details in the ongoing case they've been working on, involving the Los Santos gang, who Det. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) has described as “the top fentanyl distributers on the Eastern Seaboard."

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In Episode 4, Stabler explained to the team that a widow of a Los Santos member killed during a police operation has agreed to testify against the gang. 

Sgt. Ayanna Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) then told the group, which included detectives Jet Slootmaekers (Ainsley Seiger) and Bobby Reyes (Rick Gonzalez): "We need to keep her and her two children safe until the morning. Then, state troopers will arrive, pick them up and escort them to D.C., where she will testify in front of a grand jury."

Detective Bobby Reyes in a scene from Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Det. Bobby Reyes wasn't happy about the Organized Crime Control Bureau's newest member

Reyes — who had been put on desk duty earlier in Season 4 by Bell after the weight of his affair with Jet led to him being overly-aggressive with a suspected criminal during an undercover operation — then rose from the desk he was sitting on and announced, "Alright, let’s get going."

Bell, who had already made clear that Reyes is to remain off the street until he handles his issues, responded: "Where are you going? You’re not going nowhere. You’re working remote backup.”

RELATED: Jet and Reyes Revealed the Shocking Way Their Affair Began on Organized Crime

Reyes wasn't about to give up, and said, “It sounds like you’re gonna need all the help you can get on this one.”

Then, Stabler revealed: “We have Detective Bashir.”

Caught off guard, a confused Reyes asked: “Detective?”

Bell explained, “I asked that Sam be bumped up to join our team. Promotion came through this morning.”

While Jet looked at Bashir and muttered “Congrats," Reyes just looked at the floor and nodded before glaring at Bell and Stabler and then walking away.

Officer Samir Bashir (Abubakr Ali) appears in Season 4 Episode 4 of Law & Order: Organized Crime

Who is Organized Crime’s new detective, Samir Bashir?

Before being promoted to detective in Season 4, Episode 4, Samir Bashir (Abubakr Ali) was introduced to viewers in the season's second episode as a police officer in the NYPD's hate crimes unit. Bashir came to Organized Crime Control Bureau members looking for help after the killing of an imam he knew, and four others, in what was initially thought to be a bombing at a mosque. As it turned out, the imam was killed in a targeted shooting before the bomb went off that killed the others.

Bashir, who has ties to the community and whose wife was next door in the community center at the time of the bombing, has been helping with the case. Bashir has said that his informant, who was later revealed to be his wife, told him that there's been violence in his community from a gang with ties to Kabul.

In the third epiosode of Season 4, Stabler and Bashir investigated the disappearance of a father and son from the community. They discover that the imam’s murder was to cover up evidence that a refugee charity was a mask for an illegal smuggling ring, which the missing father was a part of against his will.

In the end, Stabler and Bashir found the father and son and took out some of the criminals involved. When Bashir’s wife thanked Stabler for his help protecting her community, he said that he couldn’t have done it without her and Bashir.

As of Season 4, Bashir is considered a recurring character on Organized Crime.

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Law And Order Organized Crime Elliot Stabler

Who is Abubakr Ali?

Born in Egypt and raised in Pasadena, California, according to the New York Times, the Law and Order: Organized Crime actor was previously best known for his starring role in the Billy Porter-directed coming-of-age rom-com Anything's Possible, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in 2022.

“I had never in my life seen a script where someone like me, or from my background, is a lead, period,” Ali told the Times in 2022.

Ali was also set to star in the series Grendel, which made him the first Arab Muslim male to be cast as a lead in a comic book adaptation series, but Netflix canceled the show before it could air in September of 2022, after most of it had already been filmed, according to Deadline.

Detective Bobby Reyes (Rick Gonzalez) and Detective Jamie Whelan (Brent Antonello) in a scene from Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Why does Det. Bobby Reyes seem to resent Samir Bashir?

While it's not explained why Reyes seemed upset at Bell and Stabler's announcement that Bashir was joining their unit, Reyes previously showed some animosity toward Bashir in Season 4, Episode 3.

At the time, Stabler asked Reyes what was going on with him after noticing he'd been acting odd. "This guy just waltzes in here and you just hand him the keys,” Reyes told Stabler of Bashir.

Stabler responded with, "Look, we’re just torturing ourselves letting that desk sit empty," referring to the work station of Det Jamie Whelan (Brent Antonello), who died at the end of Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 3. "And honestly, I blame myself for letting it go on this long.”

Reyes, who was devastated at the loss of Whelan, replied: “It’s not that easy for me to just let go."

To find out whether Reyes will ever warm up to Bashir, and what's next for the new character, watch Law & Order: Organized Crime Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC or stream episodes the next day on Peacock.