"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?"
Then to add to that thuggish threat, Dutta adds some absurd qualifications, such as, “Always ask the officer whether you are under detention or are free to leave. Unless the officer has a legal basis to stop and search you, he or she must let you go. Finally, cops are legally prohibited from using excessive force: The moment a suspect submits and stops resisting, the officers must cease use of force.” It would take a Houdini to accomplish the latter while complying with Dutta’s combative and truculent warning about always complying with a police officer. Dutta appears to have two sides of his mind that haven’t yet met, but remember he has the gun and the police department “code of silence” behind him if he roughs up a person or shoots them because he is being defied, which is exactly - all parties agree - how the altercation with Mike Brown began.
Okay, so here is where I personally stand. Let’s say I am a participant in a demonstration against - let’s say - police violence for which the group I am with has obtained a permit to assemble. Then let’s say a police officer comes up and says that we have to move and I show him the permit. Then let’s say the officer says that the permit has been changed, and I ask him to show me proof. Then let’s say the officer pulls out a baton and taps it against his palm warning me that if I don’t move that I will be arrested. We all have seen what happens next - and it’s not the officer who ends up in jail bruised and battered.
On top of that, maybe this hypothetical police officer is as intellectually dishonest and contradictory as Dutta: thinking that he is a public guardian while warning me that I have no choice but to comply with whatever he asks - and if blood is spilled, it’s my fault.
LA Police Officer Threatens, if you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me, in WP op-ed
"even though it might sound harsh and impolitic"? no, we don’t think that. we think it sounds like you apparently believe that you rule over people because you have a gun and a badge, and maybe you should have been required to pass a basic civics course before being allowed to get your hands on either of those things. we think it sounds like you’re a control freak, and abusive, and you have a possibly serious mental issue. we think it sounds like you get off on slapping your wife or girlfriend or kids around.
and the hell of it is, we also think it sounds like you’re going to return to work at the LAPD and get high-fived by all your shit co-workers instead of a one of them looking at you and saying what the fuck is your problem?