Detective Antonio Dawson was a former second-in-command of the Intelligence Unit. Appointed personally by Hank Voight, Dawson doubled as a devil's advocate to his superior officer and the de-facto leader of the unit whenever Voight was absent.
Between Season 4 and 5, Dawson took the job of leading investigator for the Chicago Justice Department, but returned to Intelligence after finding the long investigations boresome.
In Season 6, Antonio falls into a drug habit and relapses in the final episode. He resigns off-screen, is taken to rehab, and later decides to move to Puerto Rico to seek help.
During Wrong Side of the Bars , his son Diego is kidnapped by gangsters. Antonio is so desperate to get his son back that he follows hanks method of interrogation and successfully able to get answers. With the help of his unit, he’s able to rescue him.
In Chin Check, Antonio was told by his wife to invite his CI to dinner, despite his insistence on not doing so. The death of his partner also hates him too because he forbids Adam from sitting at Julie’s desk. At the end, it is revealed that his wife only wanted to invite his CI because she wanted to thank her for saving their son and gives her a necklace, which she accepts .
During My Way, Antonio is annoyed when he has to be put in the same room with Pulpo, a gangster who ordered the abduction of his son. He goes undercover as part of the deal to expose the gang. Alvin talks to Antonio about how it must be hard for him to be in the same room with a gangster who abducted his son. Antonio lashes out at him for mentioning this because the monster was responsible for killing his partner and putting his family in peril. The next day, Antonio apologize to Alvin for his outburst while Alvin lets it slide because he can understand that and they make up. After the case is resolved, Antonio insults Pulpo again. At the end of the episode, he is shot when the gangster escapes custody and kills a fellow officer.
As of The Docks, Antonio has survived the shot but is critically wounded. He wakes up, just as Jay visits to relay the news about Pulpo and how it's unlikely to air on the evening news. Sharing Halstead's conviction for justice, Antonio tells him where he thinks Voight and Olinsky would take Pulpo: the docks.
During A Little Devil Complex, Antonio looks into the suspect of a fire at the behest of his sister who had lost her closest friend in said fire. Antonio arrests the man known as Adrian Gish but the latter is released. Further investigation into Adrian and tips from the fire department leads them to discover that he is actually living under an assumed name. Antonio watches when Voight is angry that the man has been losing the name for 20 years has been causing trouble in the city since. Antonio promises his sister that he will do whatever he can’t put me behind bars and Gabriela tells him that he better keep the promise because that’s all him. Further information from Adam and Alvin leads detectives to learn that Adrian is really Trenton Lamont who had lost his family in a fire. After finding his house, a neighbor confirms that he is Trenton. The detectives raid his house and Antonio is horrified to learn that he is targeting Gabby and has set a trap for her. Antonio tries to call her but the connection is broken up. The location and Antonio learns that his sister is trapped in the elevator he runs to her location. Antonio arrived just in time to save his sister from being burned alive by shooting Lamont in the head. Afterwards, he is shaken by the thought of nearly losing his sister but joins his colleagues at the bar. Gabby approaches him while he is at the bar to tell him he did good and that she is okay.
In Erin's Mom, Antonio is reunited with his old partner Gina during a case that Lindsey’s mother had brought to them. Gina later approaches Antonio and tells him she learned about his recent split with his wife and tells him of her own split with her husband and invited him to drinks so then he decides to take up on. Antonio is later horrified to find the bodies of a father and son who were killed after being dumped in a frozen river. Antonio later fights the offender Jared is overpowered until Jay comes to his aid and he is apprehended. Unfortunately, Jared escapes after killing a fellow prisoner and taking his clothes. Intelligence tracks Jared to the apartment of his partner's father. They chase Jared through the complex until Antonio tackles him and proceeds to beat him down for all of his actions. Jared is brought back to the precinct but is shot by the wife and mother of the pair they were killed. Antonio later takes Gina out on a date, where she reveals a past attraction to him, before they proceed to hook up.
During What Puts You On That Ledge, Dawson discovers that one of his old friends is a part of case involving a missing undercover cop.
In Actual Physical Violence, Antonio is dealing with the stress of running his training center by signing papers. A girl named Michelle Sovana arrives and says her father sent her to the training center. It was here the Antonio learned of Michelle being Alvin's daughter. He is quite shocked to hear this but agreed to train her.
In Debts of the Past, Alvin arrived at the center where he finds Michelle training. Antonio shares words to Al about his big secret but the latter shrugged it off.
Season 6 Edit
Directly following the rattling death of Al and the events after, Voight is put under investigation, leaving Antonio in charge of the unit. When Antonio answered truthfully about what he saw to the Police Board, he was unable to be of any help to Voight clearing his own name. This angered Ruzek, who defied the orders given to him by Antonio in return; it all comes to a head in the conclusion of a case, when both of them engage in a fight and have to be pried apart. Antonio was left taking the fall for the actions of Ruzek and the team, though no actual issues are mentioned; later episodes, which may have occurred following a time lapse, show the two no longer showing an ill will to one another, although Ruzek's rebellious nature is still a compromise.
During the take-down of a criminal in Bad Boys, Antonio injures his shoulder trying to break down a door. In the next episode, despite Ruzek mentioning that Dawson's shoulder is looking better—followed with the claim by Dawson that he has been receiving acupuncture treatments—it is revealed that Antonio is actually taking painkiller medicine for his shoulder. His addiction comes to a head in Descent, when he pushes a criminal out of a window; Voight, having found out of Antonio's painkiller addiction, advises him to seek a rehab facility, while Ruzek covers for his mistake.
Reckoning sees the OID investigation reopened, and Adam continues to cover for Antonio to the point of being arrested. Out of guilt, Antonio is last seen taking painkillers again.
In Doubt, he has destroyed whatever is in his apartment, leaving his badge before vanishing without a trace from Intelligence; Voight, the only person aware of Antonio's circumstances, later takes him to an off-book rehabilitation center.
It is later mentioned in Familia that Antonio is said to have resigned and moved to Puerto Rico as a means to further reach out for family help.
Notes and TriviaEdit
- Antonio carried a Glock 17, but was seen often switching between a shoulder holster and a standard belt holster; since Season 6 same thing.
- Antonio's badge number was 50259.
- According to Voight, Antonio was going to be in the Olympics for boxing prior to the series.
- This is further implemented into his character in how he owns a training gym.
- His first patrol car was a Cadillac Seville STS. He would later switch this out for a Dodge Ram 1500, a Ford Fusion Titanium, a GMC Acadia, and a slightly modified Ford Taurus Police Interceptor.
- Antonio is friends with Matthew Casey, who was briefly his brother-in-law.
- Dawson's radio code was 5021 Frank, but he once used 5021 Baker.
- Antonio holds a great hatred for pedophiles, due to being a father and when a case involves one he beats them viciously.
|Season 4 Appearances|
|"The Silos"||"Made a Wrong Turn"||"All Cylinders Firing"||"Big Friends, Big Enemies"||"A War Zone"|
|"Some Friend"||"300,000 Likes"||"A Shot Heard Around the World"||"Don't Bury This Case"||"Don't Read the News"|
|"You Wish"||"Sanctuary"||"I Remember Her Now"||"Seven Indictments"||"Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will"|
|"Emotional Proximity"||"Remember the Devil"||"Little Bit of Light"||"Last Minute Resistance"||"Grasping for Salvation"|
|"Fagin"||"Army of One"||"Fork in the Road"|
|Season 5 Appearances|
|"Reform"||"The Thing About Heroes"||"Promise"||"Snitch"||"Home"|
|"Fallen"||"Care Under Fire"||"Politics"||"Monster"||"Rabbit Hole"|