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?
"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.
Judge Ronald J Brockmeyer — who filled Ferguson’s coffers by fining its poorest residents and sent them to inhumane, overcrowded prisons when they couldn’t pay a few hundred dollars — stands accused of fixing fines for his cronies, and owes $170K in unpaid taxes.
The police department “routinely” blocks citizens from recording their activities under a bizarre rubric of “officer safety,” according to the Justice Department’s investigation.
Breaking news: unacceptable behavior by police continues in the town where a police officer shot an unarmed black kid dead, and was not charged with any crime for the killing.
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