As the manhunt for suspected Los Angeles cop killer Christopher Dorner intensifies, a black police officers' group is warning African-American men about the increased risk of mistaken identity and 'suspect profiling,' Fox 5 San Diego reports.
The San Diego Black Police Officers Association has advised African-American men to cooperate with police.
"If you're an African-American man, you could be stopped and questioned," the group's president Sgt. Benjamin Kelso, told Fox 5. "There are many people that may look like Chris Dorner, myself included. If you are stopped and questioned, it's important to cooperate with officers."
The article said the group released a list of tips Monday for the community:
1). If you are stopped or confronted by officers, cooperate and follow instructions.
2). Do not escalate the situation by becoming argumentative, belligerent or non-compliant.
3). Once the situation has de-escalated, ask the officers for an explanation.
4). Be willing to listen to what the officer has to say. The consequences of failure to comply are high for everyone involved, citizens, and law enforcement officers included.
With a $1 million award now being offered in the search for Dorner, San Diego attorney Doug Oden told Fox 5 that more African-American men could be racially targeted by members of the public. "There may be people thinking, there's a large black man, it could be him, I could get paid, so I think that $1 million reward could be counterproductive," Oden said.
Via Fox 5 San Diego