MANNERS & MORALS: What Was a Cop to Think?


Cops and jailers, by & large, have a rooted belief in the therapeutic value of a punch to the jaw or belly. Drunks, for instance, have a way of becoming much less troublesome if they are slapped around a little. Desk sergeants are always having trouble with smart guys who want to argue; jerking them across the desk and belting them across the jowls usually makes them good as gold. Then there are characters who don't want to talk at all—until they have ricocheted off the walls a few times.

A cop associates professionally, as it were, with perverts,...

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