To my way of thinking Law Enforcement has somewhat lost the meaning of the law for the pure enforcement.
“The problem with the law is that it has been argued in insurance offices.” ~ Lenny Bruce
I was lucky enough to come across the stories told by now Captain Steve Rose of Sandy Springs Police Department.
The Captain spent his early years in the area of metro Atlanta known as Buckhead working private security at what must have been one of the funnest party areas in the South, if not the United States.
During that time he worked for Fulton County Police Department.
From reading his stories, which are wildly entertaining you learn that he frequently didn’t arrest people who nowadays might be routinely run in as they had suffered enough from their own stupidity & resulting battle wounds.
And that, is what I call justice.
If the bar fighter is standing before you with the busted nose and a bar tab, does running him in help? Probably not. He’s lost enough right there.
That’s not to say the Captain didnt arrest anyone, certainly he did. And he advanced through a wonderful career in law enforcement.
But he had a human touch, and wasn’t out to do injustice. He delivered fairness.
And we need more of that now.
I had the joy of visiting Atlanta in 1991 and 1992 and visited many of the same places the Captain writes about, including the American Pie.
And I know that if God forbid we’d of been dragged into a fight, we’d of looked for a police officer to cut us a break.
And I think the Captain would have.
I was working executive security for the Fulton County chairman’s office and spent all of the Olympics on the road going to events, then dinner, then cigars, then late-night private clubs. It was an exhausting two weeks but I rubbed elbows with movie stars, athletes, and a cigar with Jack Nicholson. All of that centered around Buckhead.
Thank you, Captain.
There’s a book in this.
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