I had a funny experience a short while back that could have ended up disastrous, but instead ended up being a kismet event. My wife wrote about it on her writing blog, which I share below. She wrote it for #1000Speak, an organization whose motto is “1000 Voices Speak for Compassion.” On March 20, contributing bloggers are writing about looking at bullying from a positive viewpoint.

She chose to write about my story as it started out with my running toward what I believed to be a bullying incident, but was actually something entirely different.

Slipping, Sliding Toward a Bully

by Colleen Collins, All Rights Reserved.

My husband loves his cowboy boots. Wears them with his suits to court. One day he and a judge sang a Merle Haggard song together — Shaun in his suit, the judge in his black robes — both of them in their cowboy boots. Wish I’d been there to hear the song and to see the looks on people’s faces in the courtroom!

A month or so ago, Shaun was walking downtown through snow and ice in his cowboy boots when he saw a police officer shove a man to the ground. Shaun didn’t think twice, just starting running toward them, yelling “What’s going on?” and waving his hands. He was on a mission to stop perceived violence. Problem is, those cowboy boots have slick soles.

He hit a patch of ice and and started sliding toward traffic, just as several police units squealed around the corner, lights flashing. Shaun kept slipping and sliding toward the busy street, unable to stop, his heart pounding, realizing he was going to be run over…at the last minute, he grabbed onto a parking meter…and fell face down in a pile of snow between two parked cars, the whoosh of cars and crunching tires a foot or two from his head.

Strong arms helped him to his feet. It was the police officer who’d shoved the guy.  “You okay?” he asked. As Shaun brushed snow off his face and clothes, they talked. Shaun learned that the guy who had been shoved was a felon with an outstanding warrant. He’d turned violent, resisted arrest, and the officer had been trying to subdue him, not abuse him. Meanwhile, in the background, the felon was handcuffed and being placed in the backseat of one of the units.

Then, to Shaun’s surprise, he learned the officer is a sergeant in the police department of a nearby jurisdiction where Shaun is moving his law practice. Even more small world, the sergeant is a former private investigator who worked for the lawyer whose office Shaun is taking over! His and the officer’s paths will be crossing even more in the months and years to come.

Shaun ran to halt what he perceived to be bullying, but instead ran toward a valuable connection in his future.

~ End of article ~


Postscript from Shaun: In case you’re wondering about those cowboy boots, I’m still wearing them rain or shine…or snow.

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Shaun Kaufman has 30 years of in-court experience, with hundreds of hours spent defending numerous high-profile cases including homicide, white-collar theft and RICO offenses. Specialties: Criminal defense, personal injury, business litigation, DUI.

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