Riding Along - Part 2

Good Cop/Bad Cop can be a great narrative device if approached in a fresh way (one of the best versions of all time is in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). In real life, though, the dynamic can be a lot more complex.
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Riding Along – Part 1

Last week, thanks to the generous cooperation of the Oklahoma City Police Department, I spent an evening shift with a patrol unit from the Will Rogers Division on the south side of the city. I probably don’t need to tell you that there’s not a huge correspondence between most TV cop shows and real life. Big Difference #1: the Straight Answer.
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State of the State Fair

The carnie ride operators didn’t seem quite as toothless, seedy, and doped-up as I remember. Nor did they seem to take the same demonic delight in their jobs.
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Gun Crazy

I was lucky to grow up during, and luckier to survive, the tail end of an era when parents were less cautious about a child’s physical safety. No bike helmets, for example, and lots of unsupervised play time in storm drains and at abandoned construction sites (“Go outside and find something to do. Be home by dark”).
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