Many news stories focusing on a single police officer report on unnecessarily harsh and cruel treatment of suspects, or even innocent bystanders. This one focuses on an officer who dragged a 340 pound drunk driver out of harm’s way on a busy highway.
According to a story on USA Today’s website, Officer Matt Beck had stopped the man on I-480, near North Olmsted, Ohio, in what appeared to be just a routine traffic stop. But then the driver, Richard Solis, jumped out of his car and started running across the busy expressway. Despite Beck’s shouts to get back in the car, Solis kept going. Beck went after him, and Solis shouted, “Kill me, kill me,” and then fell to the ground. At that point, Beck dragged him across three lanes of traffic, and out of harm’s way.
Beck could have fired warning shots, or put a bullet in Solis’ leg, or even tased him, hoping to stop him from getting that far across I-480. He could have worried about getting hit (though most police officers do, in fact, put their own safety behind that of others, including suspects). But instead, he put himself in harm’s way also, to drag an unconscious man out of traffic.
USA Today reports that Detective Sergeant Bob Wagner praised Beck for his actions. He said:
“We are very happy with the way he handled the situation. He did a great job. He was waiting for backup and they weren’t there yet so he pulled the man to safety all by himself.”
Many of us wonder why we should thank someone for merely doing their job. However, being a police officer is often a very thankless job. With all of the stories out there about police brutality, unnecessary shootings and tasings, along with the general atmosphere of distrust surrounding the law enforcement profession, someone who behaves as Beck did should at least get a good thank-you for doing that part of his job.
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