Give This Man a Promotion
Video of former Arizona Cardinal (and current New England Patriot) WR Michael Floyd’s arrest for DUI. Subsequent reports indicate that Floyd had a BAC of .217.
I write this post absent any facetiousness or cynicism. While I stop short of saying we should celebrate cops (or any individual) for simply doing what they should have done, I also recognize when someone seems to have done an exceptional job and I will say that the officer shown in this video appears to have done just that. At this risk of overreacting to one event, I want this man to promoted. But not to the next rank or detective. I want this man put in a position to train other officers and help determine who has the right mental and emotional makeup to work in the field.
I’m curious to hear what the reaction to this officer’s conduct is from those who defended other officers involved in shootings, particularly of unarmed individuals. If you believe that those officers were right to feel threatened, than does that make this officer wrong to feel unthreatened? I’m not really sure you can have it both ways. If those other officers’ threat-assessment was acceptable, than how could this officer look at a very similar situation, deem it non-threatening, and have his own threat-assessment skills also be considered acceptable? Or is the idea that almost any officer response — including opposite ones — is acceptable? I ask these questions genuinely. I applaud this officer. I decry many of the others we’ve discussed on these pages. Other folks have defended and even applauded those other officers. What say they about this officer? Will they applaud him, too? And, if so, how do the square that circle of applauding near opposite reactions to near identical situations?
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