Friday, January 20, 2006

Another Good Cop Story

We rarely get to hear stories about police fixing problems other than by arresting people and letting the court sort them out, because we usually only hear about cops because our clients have been arrested.

This week I spent about an hour with a former client, L.C. She's very needy emotionally and (I believe) paranoid schizophrenic to boot. She'd been followed by a security guard who thought she's stolen something from a store she'd stopped at to use the phone. The security guard was in a vehicle and she was on foot. L.C. got a little paranoid and sought to defuse the situation by throwing rocks at his car. When that didn't work, she tried to go up to him and ask why he was following her. He wasn't interested in talking. She went to a phone booth to call the police. While she was calling, the police arrived in response to the security guard's call.
Officer A was being very assertive and overcontrolling the situation. (i.e., being a jerk) L.C. was freaking out, trying to explain that the scary guy had been following her and that of course she hadn't stolen anything. She wasn't getting anywhere with cop A.
Officer L shows up. He knows L.C., settles her down, gets both sides of the story, mollifies Officer A, the security guard and L.C.. Crisis over, nobody arrested.
She came to see me because she 'wanted to take the security guard to mediation' or to the local TV station where the security guard would have to listen to her until he understood that all he had to do was come up to her and tell her why he was following her and that he was wrong to follow her in his car and not talk to her when she came up to the car (after throwing the rock).
I told her to let it drop and to pleasepleaseplease go to a certain clinic for a mental health evaluation and maybe treatment (she'll need it to fulfill her ambition of becoming a police officer or security guard after finishing probation and getting an expungement) but she doesn't need the evaluation because everything will get better after she exposes the Freemasons for what they are. She's going to get a second opinion (on the mediation issue) from Officer L.

So thanks, Officer L. You used your power and discretion in an evenhanded and Just way. I'm glad you're on patrol.



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