On television, cops will kick down any door without hesitation. But what about in real life? In what types of situations do they decide to do this? What qualifies? I would think that a person dying on the floor of their home would. Evidently, I’m wrong.
Someone receives a call from their loved one who tells them “goodbye”, having just overdosed on drugs. They immediately call 911. They are informed that police are on their way, and that in the meantime they should hurry to their loved one’s house to unlock it.
Unfortunately, they don’t have a car to get there. They walk. Meanwhile, the cops show up. They knock on the door. No answer. Why would there be? The man inside is on the floor, unable to move. Do they kick the door down? No. They wait on the family member to arrive so she can unlock the door. They pace the sidewalk, make conversation, and wait.
Nearly an hour later, the family member arrives to unlock the door. The man is found clinging to life. He’s still alive, barely, but for how long?
An hour the police spent doing nothing, while the man lied helplessly on the floor. An hour that could easily mean the difference between life and death.
If someone’s dying, kick the door down. Doors can be replaced. Lives cannot.