Learning to ride, falling down, getting back on
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Edward Conlon is the author of the memoir Blue Blood and a former detective with the New York City Police Department. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Esquire.
Over the past year, more than a hundred people have worn my handcuffs. Not long ago, in a self-defense class, I wore them myself. . . . The catch of the steel teeth as the cuffs tighten is austere and final, and never so much so as when it emanates from the small of your back.