Editor’s Note: This is part II of a three-part series on Law Enforcement in America. Part III will publish tomorrow. You can read part I here.

“But…if he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints, and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.”

-Excerpts from Paul Harvey’s 1970 newspaper article titled, “Policeman.”

Given the benefit of time, and hindsight, I have no doubt that almost all police officers would make the right decision in any given situation.