A cop is far more likely… to kill you than you are to kill a cop… The idea that police have an incredibly dangerous job is what we Southerners call a tall-tale, a stretch of the truth to bolster an ego unwilling to accept mediocrity. Not to take away from what many fair-minded officers do every day, but as those stubborn things called facts would have it, policing is less dangerous than farming, fishing, logging, and trash collecting, as well as six other professions. Now is the time to burst the cop myth and to stop giving them the deference to murder our friends and family in the street.

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It is also a terrible calumny; cops are not murderers. […]

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? […]

Show some empathy for an officer’s safety concerns. Don’t make our job more difficult than it already is.

Community members deserve courtesy, respect and professionalism from their officers. Every person stopped by a cop should feel safe instead of feeling that their wellbeing is in jeopardy.

This is something that has actually been written in the Washington Post by someone who is considered an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. He has worked with them for seventeen years. This is from a post titled "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me."

This is the reason why people should be scared of the police. This is an officer quite literally telling you that he is allowed to do whatever he wants to you, whether or not you act out, solely because he considers something you did to be “uncooperative.” 

You can say “not all cops” all you want, but this is the kind of thing that serves as a perfect example of why we can’t trust a single goddamn one.

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