Behavior: The Compassionate Cop

Patrolman John Bodkin, 34, and his partner, Charles Anderson, 43, are called to investigate a domestic spat on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Inside the apartment they find a young Negro couple. One look convinces Bodkin that the husband is coiled like a spring, ready for battle. Pointedly, Bodkin, who is white, detaches his nightstick and hangs it on a chair out of reach. He takes off his hat. "Do you mind if I smoke?" he asks. "I'm a cigar smoker, and some people don't like the smell of cigar smoke in the house."...

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