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WaPo Publishes Fascist Screed From LAPD Officer

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To say that this headline which appeared at the Washington Post today is not helping would be putting it lightly.

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In many cases when you see a headline as egregious and click-bait-y as this, the corresponding article doesn’t quite measure up. But in this case the content is worse than the headline.

This is what fascist asshole Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department has to say:

Regardless of what happened with Mike Brown, in the overwhelming majority of cases it is not the cops, but the people they stop, who can prevent detentions from turning into tragedies. [...]

We are still learning what transpired between Officer Darren Wilson and Brown, but in most cases it’s less ambiguous — and officers are rarely at fault. When they use force, they are defending their, or the public’s, safety.

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?

Don’t even think about walking “aggressively.” Don’t even think about reminding him of his civic responsibility. Don’t call him names.

If you do any of those things, he might have to break your face.

Finally, cops are legally prohibited from using excessive force: The moment a suspect submits and stops resisting, the officers must cease use of force.

I’m sure Eric Garner of New York would have something to say about that if he were still alive. Michael Brown of Ferguson may as well.

It would be easier to take the qualifiers offered by Dutta seriously, such as working as an internal affairs investigator, if he didn’t so casually command you to respect his unquestionable authority.

  • Truth Hertz

    Many moons ago, I used to frequent various Hollywood clubs throughout the week. In my travels, I encountered a monolith of a man, a gentleman named Olo. A Samoan of impressive stature, he taught me many things about bluster and bravado, and how a man with confidence behaves himself in the face of belligerence.

    I have witnessed people say the most vile, disgusting, even threatening things you can imagine to this man, and not once did this soft-spoken giant ever so much as raise his voice, or refer to a patron as anything but Sir or Miss, even as they spat in his face. But when he said it was time for you to go, you went, period.

    A real bad-ass doesn’t need to try to intimidate, or persuade through fear. And most people will respect that. And those who don’t, get shown, not told, how bad-ass you really are.

  • aynwrong

    Jesus….this guy sounds like he is need of some serious psyco therapy. And as ridiculous as it may have been for the WA Po to print this, its probably better that the did. It puts this kind of mindset on full display.

  • ogoldendecoy

    Oh my my…

    Exactly what would you expect from a dude who, “…received his Masters degree in Security Studies from Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security?

    See: http://www.chds.us/?press/release&id=2850

    From that Center for Homeland Defense and Security site he appears to talk the talk, yet from his words quoted from the WaPo screed above he doesn’t seem to wish to walk the walk.

    Give me a break!

    ~LtD~

  • Draxiar

    I’ve had some pleasant encounters with the police and some not so pleasant encounters with police that are badge bullies (usually local cops as opposed to state). In all cases with the badge bully they came to me with an aggressive attitude and wanted to hear *nothing* I said. In short, it seems they were looking for someone to give static to. I respect the authority police have and the help they’ve given to me in the past but I have a difficult time suffering abuse of that authority…and I typically don’t which is why my mouth usually gets me a ticket from the badge bullies.

  • Nefercat

    “… 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.”
    ————————
    He left out one thing:
    “… if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton, thrown to the ground, or summarily executed without a judge, jury, trial, or sentencing, just do what I tell you.”

  • Christopher Foxx

    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.

    See, here’s the thing. Only the last of those raises the possibility of a need for a physical response. Arguing, name calling, screams of “My taxes pay your salary!”, etc pose no physical threat to the officer or public safety.

    A good cop would prepare to respond physically if the sentiment to turn into action, would watch and be prepared if necessary. But they would not attempt to use someone calling them mean names as an excuse for force. And Dutta believes they are an excuse to use force.

    Kudos to him for all the times he’s defused situations himself, and for his acknowledging later in his article “that some officers engage in unprofessional and arrogant behavior; sometimes they behave like criminals themselves.” and that “every cop should use a body camera to record interactions with the community at all times.” to make it less likely they’ll misbehave or will be caught if they do. But that wasn’t what he lead with or emphasized. “Don’t fuck with me” was.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    I normally side with Ashby on all things and this certainly won’t endear me to most of the people who post here, but I believe the officer is correct…he just has a dick way of saying it. If you are ever stopped by a LEO you of course are provided your civil rights but frankly you have no idea what that officer is in the middle of at that moment. Just do what he/she says and do so humbly. When the detainment/incident is over you have a wealth of legal recourses with which to pursue action against that officer if he/she violated any of your rights. Law enforcement is one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. You are often encountering people at the worst possible moment of their lives and you are expected to remain level-headed despite being surrounded by people in a frenzied emotional state and a grossly misunderstood sense of entitled rights during a probable cause situation. Saying “just fucking do what the cop tells you to do” is not acqueiescing (sp?) since your rights are inalienable. You are going to find a far more sympathetic judge if you did as you were told than if you acted like an entitled prick.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Just do what he/she says and do so humbly.

      Why “humbly?” Dutta does have a “dick way” of saying things, and does soften his stance to a more reasonable one nearer the end of his article. Folks can stand their ground and protect their rights in encounters with the police without becoming abusive of confrontational.

      But why “humbly”? Why is it necessary for the person NOT specifically trained in these interactions to figuratively genuflect before the officer?

      • BanditBasheert

        Agree. Polite is fine … and if you find yourself dealing with a rude, arrogant piece of sh*t with a badge, you always look better if he looks like garbage. But I agree, no humbling needed.

      • Toolymegapoopoo

        Why “humbly”? What can you possibly gain by being anything but the officer’s bitch during an encounter? If that cop is itching to split your head open with a baton do you think he is more likely to do that if you are humble or more likely to do that if you “stand your ground”? Perhaps the cop is just a sadistic dick and is going to do it either way. Now tell me which reaction by you is more likely going to generate the necessary momentum to remove his sick ass from the force? Ghandi and MLK were masters of this tactic. At all times place the burden of defending your actions on the police.

        • Christopher Foxx

          If that cop is itching to split your head open with a baton do you think he is more likely to do that if you are humble or more likely to do that if you “stand your ground”?

          If the cop is itching to split someone’s head open, their going to find a reason to do it regardless of how you act.

          What can you possibly gain by being anything but the officer’s bitch

          I UTTERLY, ABSOLUTELY, UNCATEGORICALLY, EMPHATICALLY **REJECT** the idea that the someone should believe they have to “be the cop’s bitch”. The idea should be, the idea *IS* abhorrent in a free society.

          Standing your ground and protecting your rights does not mean that you’re aggressive or combative with an officer. Ghandi and MLK, the two examples you mention, stood tall, got the results they wanted and I dare you to suggest they were EVER anyone’s “bitch”.

          “Be the cop’s bitch.” Gods! I’m just finding it hard to believe anyone would even suggest that.

  • j hentai

    it must be really difficult for him, going through life with such a tiny penis.

  • Christopher Foxx

    No officer goes out in the field wishing to shoot anyone, armed or unarmed.

    I’m sure most don’t. But the blanket statement that no officer has a desire to get a chance to use their weapon is, at best, implausible.

    Given the number of shots fired in cases like Amadou Diallo (41) or Roy Middleton (15) or even Michael Brown (at least 6), at least some officers are eager to discharge their weapons at a person.

    Or they are woefully incapable of controlling the situation with anything less than a fusillade. And if that’s what it takes, they are not competent at their jobs and shouldn’t have them. The carpenter who needs a sledgehammer to drive a nail is not a carpenter.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The moment a suspect submits and stops resisting, the officers must cease use of force.

    So why don’t they?

    Or does fascist asshole Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department believe saying “I can’t breathe.” or raising your arms in the air are “resisting”?

  • muselet

    “Don’t make me hurt you!”

    The motto of every bully.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      “Look what you made me do!” has always been the most repugnant of excuses.

  • captkurt

    “The moment a suspect submits and stops resisting, the officers must cease use of force.”
    Nice words, but how often does it happen that way?

    Based on officer Dutta’s cautions, apparently cops are ticking time bombs of rage, so whatever you do, don’t set them off. As far as stopping resisting, I had this unpleasant thought….. Struggling to breathe is considered struggling, which could be considered resisting. Offices will then continue to apply force until the suspect stops resisting, and therefore stops struggling, with the unfortunate side effect of stopping breathing. Problem solved!

    • RenoRick

      After reading the whole column, I can understand why most people do not trust the police.