Fascinating piece at TPMCafe by an expert on policing about how all our macho notions of what it means to be a good policemen make it exceedingly difficult for cops to admit when they're under stress and to get the help they need -- and how that is a major contributor to police misconduct of the type we saw in the McKinney pool incident:
[A]n officer in a vulnerable emotional state is a liability, not an asset. An officer who is struggling to deal with the stress of the last call is much less likely to be able to effectively manage the next one. Attempting to do so endangers not only the officer themselves, but also their fellow officers and the community more broadly.
Read the rest.