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by Peter Moskos

May 19, 2012

“There’s a stigma with these situations"

Sad and yet strangely touching story about dementia and sociologist Irwin (not Erving) Goffman in the New York Times.

Once as a cop I remember spending hours with a very nice and well dressed elderly man. He knew all his info except where he lived. I drove him around the neighborhood. I walked with him around the Monument Street Market asking other people if they knew him. Nothing. Finally, as my shift was nearing its end, he saw a church and said he wanted to be dropped off. The church was closed, but he insisted he knew that church and everything would be OK there. So I let him go.

It felt good to try and help somebody, though I'm not certain if I actually did.

1 comment:

DB said...


I want to invite you to my blog / project. Still in it's infancy, but hopefully with persons such as yourself involved - may grow. I'm trying to create a non-traditional police use of force blog that allows for scholarly input as well as practitioner points of view. The possibilities are endless and I think something like this is a "teachable" moment. Hopefully you will see fit to partake and possibly even provide valuable input. Thank you, Dave Blake