I know that we live in complicated times, but I was utterly flummoxed by Police Commissioner Frank Reagan's decision at the end of Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 15.
I'll start by saying that I could see both sides of the incident between Officer Whitman and Mr. Rivera.
She was trying very hard to do her job, while he looked like a scared deer caught in the headlights.
Does Officer Whitman ask many people she stops about their immigration status? I've seen plenty of people not want to show their identification to the police. Do they all end up being asked if they're in the country legally?
And if it was because he had brown skin, well, you'd half to ask at least half of New York City that question.
Sid: She went by the book, and we're trained that book's the bible.
Garrett: And like the bible, the wrong translation can cause more harm than good.
Permalink: And like the bible, the wrong translation can cause more harm than good. Added: March 02, 2018 It felt like the officer was a rookie who was overcompensating. I thought bringing her to meet the man in jail was a step in the right direction because it would give her a balanced view of what happens once someone is in the system.
Unfortunately for Mr. Rivera, since he wasn't a citizen, he could be held in detention indefinitely awaiting a hearing, which would be cruel even if he weren't claustrophobic.
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I expected Frank to order the officer to have some sort of retraining. She didn't technically do anything wrong, but she certainly could have handled the situation better, and this could have been used as a training issue for the entire NYPD.
But Frank chose to fire her, and I was floored.
Even his Blue Bloods quote didn't quell my shock:
"By general law, life and limb must be protected, yet often a limb must be amputated to save a life, but a life is never wisely given to save a limb," Abraham Lincoln. This department is the life, Officer Whitman is a limb.
Frank Permalink: "By general law, life and limb must be protected, yet often a limb must be amputated to save... Added: March 02, 2018 Yes, firing someone who is well respected and has a family history within the department will certainly get everyone's attention, but is ruining this woman's career the right way to bring about change?
Perhaps it's the most expedient way to get the point across, but it doesn't jibe with the Frank Reagan I've known over eight seasons.
Frank Reagan has always taken the side of his officers, even when the circumstances were far murkier than they were here, and the pressure to take action far greater.
So why fire Officer Whitman when some sort of counseling, retraining or disciplinary action seemed much more appropriate?
I'm still at a loss.
Then there was Nicky's new job.
I found it amus..