Police said they had received what they called a “reliable” tip that the culprit in an armed robbery at a Wells Fargo bank committed earlier was stopped at the red light.I was puzzling over this one this morning while taking out the trash, and I think I figured it out: Stop and think for a moment about how the cops could have known with a certainty that the money from the bank, and hence the bank robber, was at that very intersection, but had no physical description of the robber whatsoever. (Hint: Rhymes with "Kojak Pransmitter".)
“We didn’t have a description, didn’t know race or gender or anything, so a split-second decision was made to stop all the cars at that intersection, and search for the armed robber,” Aurora police Officer Frank Fania told ABC News.
I don't know what I would have done in their boss's shoes at the time. Maybe the same thing and then sent in my resignation letter?
With the luxury of hindsight, maybe I would have followed them and risked a high speed pursuit? I don't know. That's a pretty Kobayashi Maru scenario right there; you know the armed and dangerous felon is in this group of random people, but you don't know which one he (or she) is.
Assuming arguendo that that's how it was going down, what would you have done?
(Expanded from a comment at Atomic Fungus.)