Locking my bike before walking into Staples on 6th Avenue and 8th, I became aware of two smiling young police officers talking to an elderly man with a shock of disheveled white hair as he sat on the curb, obviously unable to get up.
By the time I exited Staples, they had him standing, an ambulance had arrived, and they courteously and respectfully helped him get in.
At a moment when police encounters have become super-charged, I was aware of how respectfully these two officers had behaved.
They were Officers O’Mahoney and Sprague of the 6th
Precinct. —George Capsis