Lorenzo Miles was a special man, a dedicated cop, a talented analyst and one generous with both wisdom and knowledge.
Remarkable for his combination of talent and humility, perhaps the latter was the conduit for the former, Lorenzo did not cease learning.
He generously shared his experiences with me privately, but kept to the work of analysis with the team.
He posted a photo of his nightsticks; instruments that can inflict harm.
Why did he do this?
He spoke for himself:
His own words reveal his character:
Lorenzo Miles "In over 28 years of service I have not use night sticks or batons to effect an arrest, thank God."
Hence, a public servant who did not need to coerce citizens to respect him; he respected others and respected his office. He carried lethal force in authority, with the posture of a servant; the only appropriate manner for law enforcement.
He offered public thanks to his God for having being able to handle difficult and dangerous situations without the powerful force of a baton.
Law Enforcement deals with elevated hormonal response every day of their lives and it can take a powerful toll on the immune system just as it can on the mind and heart. It is similar to the impact of found in post trauma, except it is low level and it is incessant. The trauma's rise in hormonal levels does more damage than we can currently quantify. When natural strength declines, those subject to 30 years of "high alert" can suddenly encounter depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self medicating with substances and so on.
It taxes the immune system.
Lorenzo told me that he was fighting cancer, but trusting Christ to usher him, sooner or later, into eternity. He was acutely aware of his human frailty and need for complete pardon and he knew the where it was found.
He never got to the project we spoke of, as I hoped he would write his life story.
If I could be in control of something, for but a moment, I'd urge everyone to write an autobiography. I love reading them and believe ever life is worth hearing.
I did get, however, some of Lorenzo's life, particularly his quest for truth.
On one of the last cases we worked together, Lorenzo text'd me the final update:
A sex abuse victim, who appeared to be lying, was vindicated with justice because Lorenzo, with the help of analysts, was able to carefully articulate why he knew the victim was telling the truth.
The suspect was confronted with evidence and pled guilt to both a sexual offense and assault.
It was the work of a servant who believed he was a craftsman created to
"protect and serve."
God keep his widow, family, friends and his brothers and sisters in blue.