It wasn't easy giving that shiny piece of metal to the lieutenant. Those four digits were as much a part of him as his own name. It was his identity, Donald Flack, Jr., NYPD Detective 1st Grade, badge number 8571. He held it in his hand as if weighing it before handing it over. Weighing its worth, where its worth determined his worth. He knew he didn't kill Flemming and he knew Dr. Hammerbeck and the CSIs would prove it; that he could still wear this badge.
Like his badge, it was in someone else's hands now.