If professionals consider one thing "unjust," it is often this: Split-second operational decisions that get evaluated, turned over, examined, picked apart, and analyzed for months—by people who were not there when the decision was taken, and whose daily work does not even involve such decisions.

British special operations officer Christopher Sherwood may just have felt that way in the aftermath of a drug raid that left one man dead.1 It was midnight, 15th of January 1998, when Sherwood and 21 other officers were summoned to the briefing room of the Lewes police station in East Sussex. They had body armor, special helmets, and raid vests (sleeveless vests with two-way radios built in). They may need to immobilize somebody tonight, the ...

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