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There are so many things wrong with this article. First, police contacted Floyd after the shop owner called 911. Floyd was sitting in a parked car when officers arrived, and that’s a far cry from your run-of-the-mill traffic stop. He was being detained for a traffic violation. That was a bad example. And traffic stops run the full gamut. There is a difference between being stopped for a red light violation then there is for being in a stolen vehicle or even a warrant hit.
Are you capable of reading, or just incapable of comprehension?
The point of the article is very clear, if a cop starts off shouting/giving orders, without any explanation of why he is there, then it will escalate.
If someone tries to establish control/authority without a reasonable cause then the individual will resist, verbally and eventually physically.
The Cops (and the cop-suckers) response is always “why not just comply?”
My answer is why the hell should I? They are there to “Protect and Serve” (OK stop laughing, just stop laughing).
I am angry because I know that they are going to take my money. I am angry because I have committed no crime, no one was/is harmed and their stupid statutes and rules do nothing except put limits on my freedom.
Plus they lie, all of them 90% of the time.
“Do you know why I stopped you?” is an immediate sign that this is going south. The answer “Do YOU think I am psychic?” merely aggravates the situation.
If the cop starts out by apologising and ends up with “I am just doing my job” then I can at least merely despise him instead of disliking him.
They are “Licensed Road Bandits” working in a system designed to take as much money as possible from as many as possible.
We don’t need them and we certainly don’t want them.
It was considered “obstructon” of justice if anyone flashed their lights to oncoming traffic warning of a hidden police cruiser looking to fine speeders. I often wondered how it could be obstruction, unless the police were there not to stop speeding but to line their coffers with cash from fines. The truth is that by flashing their lights people were immediately slowing traffic thereby possibly saving lives, So how could saving lives be “obstruction” of justice?
Archie, I was told that if i saw a road hazard, flash my lights to warn oncoming traffic. So I assume the same, slow down and be alert for some type of hazard like animal on the road, ice, pedestrian on shoulder, bicyclist, etc.
I wish the article would of suggested some responses to the cop that starts with “I guess you always drive this rattle trap faster than needed, show me your license and registration”. (it did not end well)
I’d be really interested in seeing the second study performed with different demographics, not just blacks. That may shed some light on how much society has primed different communities to escalate (or anticipate officer’s use of physical force) whether correctly or incorrectly.
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