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All-about-me Colin Kaepernick refuses to save lives by teaching “comply or die”

November 24, 2016

Colin Kaepernick pisses me off, because he fails to be proactive and actually save lives–by helping educate all Americans to follow police officers’ instructions whenever interacting with them.

In the vast majority of the shootings by police officers, the individuals who were shot failed to comply with the police officers’ instructions.

They failed to comply, so they died.

In at least one instance, the individual complied, but then his subsequent actions made the police officer feel unsafe.

For example, Philandro Castile was shot in July 2016, because he didn’t put his hands on the steering wheel and keep them in plain view and unmoving before, during and after he told police officer Jeronimo Yanez that he had a gun permit-to-carry and gun in the car.

You never, ever tell a police officer that you have a weapon, and then move your hands, arms, feet or anything else.

Always assume that police officers can’t read your mind, and you can’t read theirs.

Keep your hands unmoving and in plain view until he or she says you can move them.

Your job is to make that police officers feel safe.

Your job is to get home safely to your family.

Period.

And if you don’t like how police officers treat you or their job, then you should file a formal complaint against them.

At some point, bad or poorly trained cops become better cops or are fired.

Please also keep in mind that adrenaline affects perception, actions and memory.  There should be more research on how adrenaline affects our police officers, our military, victims, witnesses and criminals.

I believe, adrenaline should be a mitigating factor in some circumstances and should be taken into consideration, especially when determining guilt or innocence of police officers and our military–but not for criminals because they chose to put themselves in that stressful situation.

Most cops are good people doing a really tough job.  I believe, we should go out of our way to be friendly and to thank them for their service.

But we should always assume that we look like a threat:  Until police officers have had time to assess whether we’re a safety risk,  we should keep our hands in plain view, and we should never make any sudden movements.

BAD COP EXAMPLE:  For months, my son was harassed by a really bad cop for months after he and his friends filed complaints against the officer for mistreating a student after a school dance that ended around 11 p.m.

The police officer wouldn’t let the student ride home with his girlfriend’s mother or with my son. It was dark, wet, cold, and the officer made the boy walk the two miles home down a dark, unlit road that had no sidewalk and no shoulder.

After my son and his friends filed their complaints, the bad cop would sit in his police car outside our house and smoke cigarettes.  He’d even shine his spotlight into our windows, especially my son’s bedroom window.

Far worse, the bad cop repeatedly did felony stops on my son, making my son and all passengers exit my son’s car at gunpoint and lie facedown on the ground while the cop searched them and the car.

This situation went on for months.  It was a terrifying.  We filed five complaints.

But because my son and I are white, no one gave a damn–especially not the bad cop’s chain of command and the press.

My son finally had to move in with a friend who lived in another town, where he finished his senior year and graduated.

A few years later, that bad cop finally messed with the wrong person, and he was fired.

But how many people’s futures did he damage or derail before he was fired?

BAD COP EXAMPLE: At about 3 a.m. as I was driving home after grocery shopping at Walmart, three cop cars came roaring up and swarmed my car:  one car in back, one on my driver’s side, and one in front.

The police car in front of my car was too close, so I had to safely slow down while risking the ire of the cop who was tailgating me.

Apparently, the cops were having a bit of fun, or they were trying to create probably cause in order to stop me.

After several miles, the cop cars roared away, leaving me alone and a bit shaken.

It wasn’t the first time I’d had police officers do that.  But it was the first time I’d had three do that.

I’m still an insomniac, but I no longer do my grocery shopping in the wee hours of the morning when I’ve given up on sleep.

GOOD COP EXAMPLE:  I was driving on a highway at night when my electrical system went out, which turned off my headlights and engine.

A police car’s siren and flashing lights came on behind me as soon as my headlights went out.

There was a guard rail and no pull-off area, so I let my car coast until I could pull safely off the road.

I knew, my electric window wouldn’t open, so I worried that I’d have to move my right hand from plain view in order to open the car door and hand my registration to the officer.

And my purse was in the trunk, so I’d have to exit the car to get my ID for him.

I decided my safest option was to open my car door before the police officer exited his car–something that ordinarily would be the most unsafe option.

Therefore, as soon as I got my car stopped, I opened my car door, put both of my hands outside the wide-open car door and kept them unmoving and in plain view.

Concerned if not downright scared, the police officer scrambled out of his police car while asking what the hell I was doing.

But he calmed down as soon as he saw that my hands were in plain view and unmoving, and he heard me yell, “my car’s electrical system went out.”

I also told him that I’d opened my car door, because I couldn’t roll down my window.

As he shone his flashlight over me and the inside my car and determined whether I was a threat, I kept my hands still and in plain view and followed all of his commands.

The officer was lovely:  He ensured that my engine wasn’t on fire, he acted as if women always kept their purses in the trunks of their car, and he was patient as I dug through my  purse for my wallet and driver’s license.

And he even gave me a ride to a gas station, where I could safely wait for my ride home.

But I know, the outcome could have been far different if I’d made any sudden movements or failed to follow his commands.

Even good cops want to get home safely to their families.
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