By Ron Reale, staff writer
In our society there are laws we agree to live within. It is a societal compact, designed to prevent our exercise of freedom from interfering with the freedom of others. To that end, we have given over authority to enforce our laws to a specially trained, armed section of our society called “Law Enforcement.”
As all of our citizens have the same rights, when one citizen makes a complaint about the actions of another, or when reports of citizens breaking the law are brought to their attention, LEO’s are obligated by oath and honor to protect society by investigating and if warranted, securing an arrest, depending on the circumstances and immediacy required.
Unless a crime is in progress, police will generally approach an individual, request information and if necessary, inform a person of interest they are going to be arrested. At that point, ALL AMERICANS of ANY COLOR must understand one basic fact: NOTHING IS GOING TO KEEP THEM OUT OF HAND CUFFS!
The arresting officer might well be wrong! So take the ride, give no violent response, let others sort it out and maybe retire on false arrest monies later awarded in court! But if a suspect should respond with threats or aggression when an officer asks that he present his hands for cuffs, it is likely he WILL BE BEATEN, TASED or possibly SHOT and KILLED, depending on just how “bad” this fool thinks he is!
Difficult though it may be at the time, remember that your interests and those of the Officer are diametrically opposed. You might believe that you are not receiving fair treatment and perhaps you’re right. But no one will ever know it if you should get yourself killed fighting the arresting officers.
You cannot fight yourself out of an arrest. More LEO’s will be called to match any escalation you might be foolish enough to cause. YOU LOSE! It is unfortunate that some people might be improperly or incorrectly targeted. But if they take the ride “downtown” peacefully and challenge the arrest legally, they and their families and communities will grow to be much safer. That is what lawsuits are for. Publicize an unfair arrest from the defendant’s side. Live to make your case and the system will simmer down as a result of both sides learning. Saying only the LEO’s actions should be studied and changed will not keep people who violently resist a lawful order alive.
Sure, we can always tweak police policies. As responsible citizens, we might also pay attention to the training of our children if we want them to live safely in our society. Teach them that calmly taking a bad arrest will keep them alive to tell you about it. The fact of an unjust charge or arrest can always be taken to court. Most of all, teach them that arguing with a parent is far different from arguing with a LEO. While both are authority figures, kids might be able to win an argument with a parent because Mom and Dad have the right to make a decision to change their mind.
A LEO sent to serve an arrest warrant or respond to a crime in progress, HAS NO SUCH RIGHT! The LEO is going to make the arrest, period. If you are innocent, go along peaceably, the officer will note your cooperation and your claim of innocence will be taken far more seriously. Violently resisting LEO’s only adds to their belief that the arrest may be warranted. It will be met with escalating force, unto death, if necessary.
As Crosby, Stills and Nash once sang:
“You, you along the rode, must have a code
that you can live by…
teach your children well”…
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