A homeland security professor and LAPD officer of 17 years claims that Americans need to obey the police implicitly to avoid getting hurt. Here's how Prof. Sunil Dutta says you should behave during a police stop:
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?
Needless to say, Dutta's op-ed has provoked a LOT of ire. Esquire's Charles Pierce has some choice words for Dutta and his point of view:
So, if you fk with me and my rights, and I respond by explaining to you that I am going to call a lawyer and sue you for abuse, you have the right to tase me, bro? I can't tell you how glad I am that this guy is training the next generation of Homeland Security goons.
And here's Reason's JD Tucille with a similarly pointed critique:
If you really think that everybody else should "just do what I tell you," you're wearing the wrong uniform in the wrong country. And if you really can't function with some give and take - a few nasty names, a little argument - of the sort that people in all sorts of jobs put up with every damned day, do us all a favor: quit.