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Published on Aug 26, 2012
Near the end, I start a sentence something like, "Whenever a fuck-up happens . . ." What was the fuck-up? None of the police did anything wrong, but as in so many organizations, if something bad happens resulting in bad publicity or an embarrassment to the powerful, someone must have been at fault, and someone will be punished.
The major was punished by being forced (and I do believe he was forced) to resign from the job he wanted more than anything.
So what is the nature of the dilemmas I am talking about? The dilemma is how to do the right thing, protect your own interests (or the interests of someone or something you value) and be a person you can live with all at the same time. I suppose that is really a trilemma.
In this case, the officers' problem was resolved by intentionally deferring to superiors. The superior's problem was solved inadvertantly through ignorance, but he paid a price anyway.