It occurs to me that, from time to time, police officers make mistakes.
It also occurs to me that we live in a world that is increasingly unforgiving of them when they do.
There are, of course, any number of reasons why police officers might get it wrong:
(1) Because they are human
Though my wife comes close, I’ve yet to encounter an entirely perfect human being.
I’ve certainly never met a perfect police officer.
But I have known officers who make mistakes. I look at one in the mirror every morning before I go to work.
They make mistakes because they are tired; because they are stretched; because they are under pressure; because they aren’t in possession of all the facts; because their instincts have let them down on this occasion; because hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Because they are human.
(2) Because they operate in the hurting places
As I have observed before, police officers go where most wouldn’t and do what most couldn’t. It is a big part of what makes them so extraordinary.
And the places where they so often find...
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