It wasn’t the fault of the assistant police chief.
He was talking. Brian Mains was writing.
“We have to air on the side of safety”. No, you don’t. Really.
Although that does bring up an interesting twist. “To err is human, to air divine.” That does put the police in the position of being gods, at least in the sight of one writer. Problematic.
I am not going to touch the concept of the chief assuming that he knows what he wants to do – and being forced to do it, poor fellow!
We have to assume that we want to do this as safely as possible.
Rough job, being forced to assume that you want safety. And I am not going to comment on that.