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Friday, July 15, 2016
How To Not Get Shot
How To Not Get Shot
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little expertise on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but please, no name calling and that means you, you big stupid head!
Black man shot at a traffic stop. Black man shot when arrested. Black men should not be shot for a minor infraction or even a stop to be questioned. No one should be shot by a cop unless they are a threat to the life of the officer.
Are some police officers racist? I am sure some are, but even these officers probably don’t want to shoot anyone. What do we need to do to stop black people or any people from being shop by a cop?
The police could probably use more training…it certainly could not hurt.
More importantly, we civilians need to learn how to react to a police stop, traffic or otherwise. The police are trained to be respectful and polite even if they are by necessity a bit intimidating. When a citizen is stopped he should show the same respect to the officer.
This video I saw on Facebook posted by a Mr. Lowandslow is very educational.
Respect for police, and how to react to them should be taught in school. Police should be part of the teaching process explaining how dangerous their job is and how much they appreciate when a citizen does everything he can do to show the officer he is not a threat.
When you are pulled over, turn off the engine. This assures the officer you are not going to suddenly pull away and perhaps run him over.
Turn off the radio so there are no distractions, roll down your window, pull out your wallet with your license and registration and put it on the dash before the officer reaches the car. Have your hands visible on the wheel.
Do not speak except to answer the officer’s questions.
If the police are unreasonably profiling black people, that needs to end. If the police are not respectful to black people, that needs to end. In the meantime, do not give an officer any reason to fear you. In almost every recent senseless killing by a police officer that I have seen, the officer was not put at ease, he had reason to be concerned. This is not to say he did not react unreasonably, I am not qualified to make that judgment, but I haven’t any doubt that no officer stops a car with the intent to shoot the driver.
I believe that blacks are stopped unjustly more than whites and that is not right, but until that is rectified, every citizen needs to learn how to react to a stop, and how to react when arrested. Let the courts decide if a ticket or an arrest is justified, but at least get the chance to go to court.
There is no reason for an innocent person to be shot by a cop. There is no reason for a guilty person to be shot by a cop. Don’t resist, don’t give the officer any reason to be concerned, stay alive.
If police are unfairly profiling black people that is an issue that must be addressed, but address it alive.
Drive safe, drive legal, be respectful even if you feel you are not being treated fairly, and stay alive.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.