You are Not Free from Consequences and Perception

A big demonstration is planned in New York City this weekend to protest police brutality and murders.  And someone has put a large poster in our elevator that asks boldly, "Which side are you on?" I've thought about taking it down because the very idea of villainizing the police makes me uncomfortable. While some police officers are bad apples, many -- perhaps most -- do good work in difficult and dangerous circumstances. Even my friend Clemetin, who is regularly … [Read more...]

Shoplifting, Central Booking and Cookies in the South Bronx

This was quite a week. My friend, Clemetin, was picked up by the police not once, but twice. Why? For shoplifting! Now you might think as I did, "What's that matter with Clemetin that he would shoplift anything even once, let alone twice!" And I'll get to that in a later post. But for now, put that question aside and read this most unlikely story about cops being nice. Altruistic Police Officers My phone rang on Wednesday afternoon. It was Clemetin, calling from the … [Read more...]