Maggie wrote:I am personally ready to forgive Officer Heimsness but not until he admits to the community that what he did that night was wrong, that he regrets his mistakes, and begs for our forgiveness. When he does that I am ready to open my heart to this man and forgive him. Anything short of that and he will not have my respect or forgiveness.
I am personally ready to forgive residents in your neighborhood who leave their keys in their front doors but not until they admit to the community that what they did that night was wrong, that they regret their mistake, and beg for our forgiveness. When they do that, I am ready to open my heart to those residents and forgive them. Anything short of that and they will not have my respect or forgiveness for setting up a situation in which any confused person could just walk in off the street, they suspect that confused person of being a burglar, call 911, knowing that armed police trained in the use of deadly force will arrive and be forced into making split second judgments in which the wrong choice could mean Mrs. Walter is made, suddenly, a widow, her children made fatherless.
If you don't want to lock your front doors, please refrain from calling the police for your personal protection when someone haplessly wanders in. And stop looking for blood on Officer Heimsness's hands before you first look at what is already on your own.