Sunil Dutta, who has worked 17 years in the Los Angeles Police Department, has some advice for anyone encountering him on the job: do whatever I say and don’t complain, or I will hurt or kill you.
Here is Dutta’s advice, in his own words, from his Tuesday Washington Post editorial:
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?
Revealingly, every action Dutta says a person he confronts should refrain from taking is a nonviolent action. In contrast, every action Dutta says he, as a cop, may take in response is violent — an assault or a murder.
Dutta’s advice amounts to this: Give up on exercising any of your rights — even the right to free speech — and act as an absolute slave when a cop accosts you.
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