They should have fired him

After he beat the guy in handcuffs

But they did not

The should have fired him

When he entered a cell to beat a prisoner

But they did not

They should have fired him when another officer

reported unnecessary force subsequent to arrest

But they did not

They should have fired him when they went to his house

Because he was beating his wife

But, still, they did not.

They should have fired him when he shot and killed

an unarmed, fleeing teenager,

And finally, they did.

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.

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