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Mark Harris Cop Shows

“It sounds chaotic, but it felt routine. The raw material for scores of cop shows and movies seemed duller and more ordinary in real life; even the constant shrilling of sirens was a kind of ambient background noise, not even worth a glance toward the street. Occasionally I would see patrolmen blandly ushering somebody off a corner and into a squad car as red lights raked the building walls. Neither they nor the people they were arresting seemed especially upset, just bored and irritated, which is how all adults look to those who are not yet bored and irritated. Those officers were, as almost everything in a kid’s world is, an unquestioned fact of life, but at the time, they had no deeper meaning to me than did the friendly brown dog dressed in blue and riding a police motorbike on the cover of Richard Scarry’s ‘What Do People Do All Day?’ They were people in uniforms, arresting other people who wore different uniforms. And, I knew, they were the men you were supposed to call if something was wrong, as it often was back then, when muggings and robberies happened to everyone and the NYPD wasn’t expected to solve those crimes as much as to tally them.”
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