Seattle Police save man from throwing himself off bridge

When police got to the western edge of the bridge, the man they were called to find appeared to be on the verge of jumping to his death.

Law enforcement can be stereotyped for their brute strength and force, but sometimes it requires deft touch and compassion.

This was the case when Seattle Police talked a man down from throwing himself off the Magnolia Bridge in July.

All Seattle police officers must go through eight hours of crisis intervention training learning how to talk to people in distress, how to go through a list of what can help talk someone down, and what could trigger a tragedy.

When police got to the western edge of the bridge, the man they were called to find appeared to be on the verge of jumping to his death. The officer said, “Sir, please stop.”

The man climbed over the fence, and the officer said, “We’re not going to rush you. We’re going to wait right here.”

Traffic was shut down, and the officers spent the next half hour just talking.

"You've got a lot to live for, and that's one of the major things right there," an officer told the man in the video.

In this case, there were no guns, no aggressive moves. Just persistent, but compassionate attempts to engage in conversation with someone at the lowest point of their life.

"I know it's not the best day," an officer told the man after he climbed down from the ledge. " I think you did a really great thing."

Copyright 2016 KING


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