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  •  So, what's the alternative? (3+ / 0-)

    A lot of folks here who apparently look forward to the opportunity to talk back or something the next time they're stopped for running a red light, but I'm wondering what you hope to accomplish?

    •  I don't want to talk back to them (0+ / 0-)

      I just want them to stop arresting journalists.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:51:47 AM PDT

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    •  it's not about WANTING to do it. it's about the (3+ / 0-)
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      reality that encounters can be frustrating and emotional and that the police think they have a right to brutalize you if you're not completely subservient.

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      by UnaSpenser on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:04:51 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think people are reading what he wrote (0+ / 0-)

        Or maybe he could communicate better, but it's pretty apparent (to me) that he's talking about if he's going to detain or arrest you, your options are limited at that point, and becoming belligerent could lead to his use of force.

        The fact is that police officers DO have the authority to use force on you; again, under certain circumstances.  I don't understand why anyone would think that antagonizing a police officer in those circumstances would be a smart thing to do, regardless of who is in the right.  You can't spend the check you're going to win in an excessive force case if you're in a casket.

        •  context and timing (1+ / 0-)
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          ... are part of effective communication.

          For me, whatever aspects of the author's perspective I might find valuable in another context are outweighed by the timing of offering it as a response to the situation in Ferguson.

          Does this sort of essay help to improve the situation in Ferguson?

          For me, it does not, and seems more likely to make things worse.

          •  I've seen far too many cases of cops arresting (0+ / 0-)

            and beating people simply because they didn't like the way they spoke to them.

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            by UnaSpenser on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 06:12:26 PM PDT

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