A police officer given the authority to restrict another’s constitutionally protected freedom is something that must be exercised very carefully. No matter how light hearted, good-natured or harmless they may seem, these stops are an abuse of power.
Fear is a big enemy to guard against, while at the same time an essential ally to understand. Allowing irrational fear to influence your thinking can paralyze you, but ignoring fear triggered by real danger will kill you. Erasmus’ third rule is a warning to analyze your fears and understand the difference.
I love a good quote. These short quips that stand the test of time are fascinating. What makes for a good one? It has to be short, particularly if it is going to make it on Twitter, and it has to be memorable. Being clever helps too, but most importantly it should reveal something significant. The best quotes are the “tip of the iceberg” of a rule or principle worth digging into. That is what it takes to make a quote worthy of repeating, tweeting, or posting on your wall.
Police Use of Deadly Force: Should There be a Different Standard For Cops? The street and real life isn’t the classroom nor is it anything like the sterile environment of the court room where plenty of time, no risk and 20/20 hindsight leave plenty of time for second guessing decisions and scrutinizing mistakes that now with no emotion, no pushes, no shoves, no punches or kicks, no weapons shown nor bullets flying. – Fred T. Leland, Jr.