Saturday, January 23, 2010

Running from the cops

Most people have no idea what it's like to be a cop. Try this: you have laws to enforce and you agree with some of them. You know most citizens both grudgingly like you, fear you and fear government, authority and anyone in uniform. You know that some citizens see you as the enemy and the only reason they'd do that is if they intend to break laws. People who disagree with authority get active politically; people who are are up to no good try to escape it on the streets.


With that in mind, it should be a no brainer that running from the cops is a bad idea. You may face injustice, but most police actions do not result in injustice. However, running from the law suggests to them that you are engaging in criminal activity, and then they feel it is their duty to detain you.


Here are two cases where people are crying over "victims" who did the following:


  1. Act suspicious
  2. Run away when questioned
  3. Struggle when arrested

You will hear quite frequently about how these people are innocent victims who never did anything wrong. However, they acted as if they were doing something wrong. Further, we shall see -- often the facts bear out that they were originally doing some illegal, or were connected to someone shady and possibly were participating in that illegal activity.


Here's the first


Authorities have said that Howe was a passenger in a truck that was stopped at the checkpoint shortly before midnight on Nov. 25.

He allegedly was uncooperative with police when asked to step out of the truck and allegedly tried to run away before being captured by officers after a brief foot chase, authorities have said.

[+|Boston]

He ran away, then struggled, after being inspected at a DUI check point. Never mind that I think DUI check points are a bad idea, and that DUI should be legal (and you face full consequences if you kill someone, e.g. regular manslaughter charges, plus civil lawsuits). The reality is that cops are people too (!!!) and they have a difficult, life-threatening job to do in which they must quickly figure out if you're a good guy or a bad guy.


The criminal complaint says the officers, considering Jordan Miles' appearance suspicious, got out of the car and identified themselves as police. He tried to flee, fell, and then struggled to escape.

The officers "delivered 2-3 closed fist strikes to Miles' head/face with still no effect," and then a "knee strike to Miles' head causing him to momentarily stop resisting," so that he could be handcuffed, the document says.

[+|CNN]

Similar pattern here: he ran away, then struggled as he was being arrested.


Think about it: if you had to deal with violent criminals all day, would you violently subjugate them or not? Even a Zen monk would, because what matters is the speed in which you render them to be not a threat.


In this dying society, there are lots of weepy people who like to get outraged about what goes on because they, in themselves, have a persecution complex arising from their own self-pity in response to their own complete ineffectiveness at doing anything productive. Ignore these people, and send them back to the fields, because when it comes to decision making they're not ready.