what we needed — for real. This comes to us from a reader named Steve, and ABC15 in Tempe, AZ.
A young guy is out and about. Alone. After curfew. Trespassing!Cops get out of their squad car to approach warily, but what comes next?Option 1: Kid appears to be armed and/or uncooperative, inviting tragic consequences? Nope.Option 2: He’s fingerprinted and booked into a juvenile facility on delinquency charges? Again, no.Option 3: CPS is notified of a neglected child, followed by him being held incommunicado in the back seat of a squad car for an hour or three? C’mon, that would be silly and outrageous.How about none of the above? The boy is respectful and responsive, never mind the compromising circumstances in which he was found. Officers show him respect in return, hearing him out, giving him a ride home to discuss the dangers of trespassing. The conversation reveals that he might not be growing up in a mid-to-upper-middle-class family with parents who are studying child development theory in their spare time, and yet his family is genuinely concerned and doing their best for him with what they’ve got.Intervention was still worth pursuing, in the minds of the cops. So, they brought the hammer down… by pooling their money, getting the kid a skateboard, boosting him and encouraging his family to be well and watch out for each other.Thank goodness for great men and women in their painted cars with flashing lights!
Damn, I love this. And I love remembering that there are all kinds of parents, kids and cops. – L.