The Rising Cost of Justice
Anti-Metahuman laws that severly limited the rights and career options of metahumans had been gaining support for years and in 1995 the situation came to a pivotal point. Patrick Henry, a decorated police officer who had served on the force for a decade was revealed as a metahuman with invulnerability, a fact that he had hidden throughout his career. At that time metahumans were not allowed to serve on the police force and as a result Henry was terminated without a pension plan, he also faced a lengthy trial and a prison sentance of up to five years as a penalty for hiding his superhuman status.
After a trial that lasted for nearly three years Henry was sentanced to a two year prison term. Human and metahuman supporters of Henry rioted. Across the country riots broke out while many attempted to free Henry from police custody. In the end Henry brought an end to the riots when he intervened to save one of his guards from an attacking metahuman.
At a later trial date Henry was pardoned and many of the Anti-Metahuman laws that had been put into place were repealed.