Life offers a series of decisions each day that can dictate what kind of a person you will be. You can choose to either yell at your kid over a mistake or carefully explain what they did wrong without making them feel an inch tall. There’s the choice of honking at the person who cut you off or realizing that no good could come of escalation. Then there was the choice an Idaho officer faced when he saw a car speeding in his jurisdiction.
Deputy Matthew Brakeman – how ironic with someone with ‘Brake’ in their last name- pulled over a woman named RaeAnn Kuykendall for going 10 miles an hour over the speed limit in a residential area. He then noticed an older woman in the passenger seat – it was Kuykendall’s mother, who was going to chemotherapy. Kuykendall was probably distracted thinking about her mother’s battle and hadn’t noticed the speed of her car.
Brakeman had a dilemma on his hands. Should he be the strict upholder of the law, the duty that he had sworn to uphold? Rules are rules, and those who break them should get a ticket, right? Would it be better to look at the human side of the situation and take all factors into account? He chose the second option, not only declining to issue Kuykendall a ticket but then leaning over her mother and offering her a prayer to help her through her cancer struggle.
This is an amazingly kind act by the police officer, especially given that his position is a quota-filled one. He has to give out a certain amount of tickets per month or he gets reprimanded… or worse. There might be other officers who would have seen the same situation and still seen it as merely one ticket closer to their goal. This was truly an outstanding confluence of events and everyone is better for it. I know I am.
I loved this story. How about you? Anybody out there with law enforcement ties? Did he do the right thing or did he err in his professional duties? Please tell us what you think in the comments section!
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