Reading the heading of the article, "Officer fired for Tasering Unconscious Man" from the March 18 Roundup, my first thought was, "What was he thinking?"
As I read more of the article, it became clear to me that this young man should never have become a police officer. He seems not to have the demeanor to deal with the public on an adult level. I realize it must be hard and sad to see the same people with the same destructive behavior over and over again. However, as a police officer, he should have been taught to see past the behavior -- "There but for the grace of God, go I."
I think one quote was very telling of this man's attitude, "It's just a job."
I have met and personally know many law enforcement personnel, one near and dear to my heart -- my son -- and I cannot think of one of these public servants who has ever told me, "It's just a job." They are truly committed to being public servants and take their commission of "serve and protect" quite seriously. It is a true calling to become a police officer. Sadly, someone heard the wrong call.
Cindy Weeks, Payson