Curtis has now been on the force for five years. During this time he has learned a lot of things about policing he could never have guessed. The first few years he felt a lot of anxiety and guilt about the things he and his fellow officers did. Yet after awhile it begins to seem normal to him and he becomes accustomed to the extra spoils and privileges granted his position. At the same time his view of humanity declines and he begins to see the world as a division of those who ‘serve and protect’ and those who are weak or unworthy.

One day he is called to the home of a family whose adult son is threatening to commit suicide and is possibly high on some kind of narcotic. Standing outside the residence he uses a bullhorn to order the mentally ill man out of the house so they can speak out side. The man yells some nonsensical stuff out of a window, but after about 15 minutes the front door begins to open. The man steps out, disheveled and crazed. As he does so he begins raising his left arm from his side and there is obviously something in his hand.

Does Curtis:

Fear for his life and immediately put a few rounds into the man, killing him instantly.

-or does he-

Remain calm while another officer fears for his life and puts several rounds in the desperate man.

The reason Curtis did not shoot is because he noticed the man was holding a banana and was simply bringing the fruit to his face to gnaw on it, as unlikely as that would seem at such a bizarre scene. He is later asked to testify in court about the incident.

Will Curtis…

Implicate his colleague for acting too impulsively and agree with the dead man’s family that the shooting was unjustified, helping to end that officers career, at least in this department.

-or will he-

Repeat the official narrative that the man’s actions and inability to follow orders led to his death, and not any wrongdoing on the scene by responding officers.

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