If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ve noticed that a recurring theme is, “Get both sides of the story before you make a decision.” It’s a sad thing that it has to be a recurring theme.
As I said here most recently (http://backwoodshome.com/blogs/MassadAyoob/2014/11/26/ferguson-part-iii-the-fire-this-time/) , “Back in 1972, when they first pinned a badge on me, I was told that we were the keepers of the secrets of the community. We owed the suspect/defendant and the victim alike their rights to privacy. We learned to say, ‘No comment’ to reporters. ‘It will all come out in court.’ What I realized early on and have preached to brother and sister cops in the decades since is that this doesn’t work when the cops themselves become the accused. An accusation of wrongdoing that goes unanswered is seen as a silent plea of nolo contendere, which translates roughly from the Latin as ‘we do not contest the charge against us.’ The general public doesn’t see much difference between that and a plea of Guilty…and ‘pleading nolo’ generally results in a penalty remarkably similar to what would accompany an actual Guilty verdict.”
Now comes Brian Willis to explain that better than I did. Brian is a fellow member of the Advisory Board of ILEETA, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. For many years, all of us at ILEETA have admired Brian’s ability to not only inspire the professional in the field, but to “train the trainers” of those professionals. If you ever teach anyone anything, you can learn from him. As you watch the following, you’ll first be mesmerized by his ability to capture your emotion and make you think…and they you’ll realize that the strongest element of his ability to do so is the certainty that what he is teaching is absolutely right and true. That is what gets Brian’s message – and the truth – across.
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Let me publicly thank here not only Brian, but the young woman who brought this video to my attention. She is a Charge Nurse in the Emergency Room at a very busy hospital. She, like Brian, knows what it’s like to have blood on your hands and human life in your hands, with only a very few seconds in which to decide and act, in a world where clueless or agenda-driven critics will have literally millions of times longer to condemn you at their leisure if the outcome displeases them.