"Putting a lens on the day-to-day work that police officers do is important. And some of it isn't pretty," Abrams said. "I think the notion that it is a bad thing is actually the wrong way to look at it. ... You can say that the crimes that occurred are bad."
Nonetheless, Abrams said the decision to grant Simpson parole was not a surprise, given the parameters set by the board, even if many Americans hoped that the 1994 murder case would be a factor.