I’ve said it over and over again: Don’t Talk To The Police. But…
If you don’t talk to the police, and you are not white, is this what happens?
From what I can see, this gentleman refused to talk to the police, which was his right. And he walked away. As was his right. And he was tazed and arrested. Now, granted, the charges were dropped but is this what his right to be left alone by the police amounts to? Zilch?
Worse, did anyone read the op-ed in the Washington Post by Sunil Dutta. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/08/19/im-a-cop-if-you-dont-want-to-get-hurt-dont-challenge-me/
So if I stand on my rights he’s gonna taze me? Or shoot me? If I refuse to talk to him he’s going to beat me and charge me? Attitudes like this, coupled with the events that the black community is undergoing make me wonder about my advice. Don’t Talk To The Cops is good advice so long as cops like Dutta aren’t allowed to transform that into grounds for a beating and arrest. Dutta isn’t fit to “serve and protect.” But Dutta is a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech U. I wonder what he is teaching. Sure as anything he’s not teaching his students to obey the law.