Police op-ed: 'Do what I tell you,' I may shoot you if you 'threaten to sue me'

A police officer raises his weapon at a car speeding in his general direction as a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators stands on the sidewalk during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


A police officer raises his weapon at a car speeding in his general direction as a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators stands on the sidewalk during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Ladies and gentlemen, an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

Got it.

"Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years."

Here's the rest of his essay in the Washington Post.

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  1. ChuckV says:

    Christ, what a fascist.

  2. "How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?''

    Funny, I was going to ask you the same thing regarding the Constitution...

  3. bzishi says:

    If you pretend the Constitution doesn't exist, my job is easier and you don't get a broken arm--unless I'm bored, your skin color annoys me, or whatever.

  4. I did. I'm amazed that he can write this in the same article:

    "Don’t argue with me,''
    "You can refuse consent to search your car or home if there’s no warrant"
    "Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you."
    "Just don’t challenge a cop during a stop."
    "Community members deserve courtesy, respect and professionalism from their officers."

    Well, which one should I be doing, everything they tell me or refusing consent? Should I call them out on the lack of respect or not challenge them?

  5. When police wear body cameras, violent confrontations with the public drop by HALF. What does that tell you? It's not the public that's altering their behavior because of these cameras, which are virtually unnoticeable among all the other equipment attached to a modern police officer. It's the officer who is now required to act as if the world is watching. So don't tell us that we're the ones who need to alter our behavior.

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