Friday, April 15, 2011

The End Result

The end result is that Roc doesn't get suspended.
But he and Ivan are never the same.
Ivan says some things I don't like, like: "I'm not willing to take the heat on this."
Or: "You better tell them it was all you. This had nothing to do with me."
Oh, really?
Even if that was true...I don't know, call me crazy...but I thought they were partners. Granted, he didn't see Roc's demeanor when he arrived home that night, and of course he didn't see my husband beating himself up inside for days after the incident.
But did he have to? Didn't he know for sure that if the situation were reversed, that Roc would stand with him, side by side, and take whatever grief was coming their way? Roc would not have separated himself from the situation.
He doesn't believe in leaving a man on the battlefield.
And let's face it: the NYPD is punitive. I might go so far as to say petty.
After the two of them exchanging words more than once, Roc goes in to plead with the Brass to not punish Ivan. He insists that the incident was all his fault, and he is willing to take all the blame. Nothing happens for a few days, but then they end up splitting them up. They put them back on foot posts. It's a signal: only the newbies and the screw-ups go back on foot after being in an RMP. (RMP=Squad car)
Eventually, Ivan ends up driving the Sergeant. Eventually, it all blows over.
But I am never the same. I no longer feel the same way about Ivan. I still respect him, as I am smart enough to know that he may very well save my husband's life one day, and I still think he's a nice person.
But he's not loyal. At least, not the way I believe people should be loyal: to their friends, their family, and of course, their brothers in blue.


  1. I don't understand what he did to get in trouble, but furthermore, I don't understand how the brass knew.

  2. Hey LT. It's Roc. The brass knew because the CO reviews almost every complaint and arrest report that we do, especially if it's a felony. Since he saw that I charged attempted escape, he went ballistic because he didn't want that attention coming down on his precinct. Escape is taken very seriously now by the NYPD. They automatically suspend you for 30 days if you lose a prisoner - no questions asked.

  3. It seems like a rather myopic view to me, to prescribed a set punishment for a broad "offense", with "no questions asked". And besides, "attempt", at face value, means "didn't succeed". You can't stop someone from attempting anything.

    In reality, what this does is not force officers to be more vigilant in preventing escape (who wants a prisoner to escape?), but encourage officers to simply forgo reporting it. In my opinion, bad policy.


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