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Column Defending Cops In Ferguson Sparks Fury On Left

From an outraged CNN:

Column defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury

By Josh Levs | August 20, 2014

(CNN) — In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

“I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,” the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“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,” he wrote.

Dutta cautions against arguing, insulting, or screaming at officers, “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?”

If you believe an officer is violating your rights or bullying you, Dutta says, don’t challenge him then — save that for lodging a complaint later. “Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you.”

It took no time for the anger over his message to explode.

Of course, in reality, what Officer Dutta wrote is perfectly sensible. In fact, it is exactly the advice wise people have given for centuries about how to behave in any encounter with the police. So naturally the media and the rest of the left have to pretend that it is completely outrageous and insane and un-American.

Come to think of it, why don’t we thank the police for their service like we do people in the military? They put their lives on the line for us every day, too.

“The outrageous thing is not that he says it. The outrageous thing is that we accept it,” writes Ken White of the blog Popehat, which tracks American legal issues…

Dutta’s message is to “shut up and take it, because even the slightest bit of intransigence is grounds for the cops to unleash a world of hurt,” writes Benjamin Freed of the Washingtonian…

CNN.com users weighed in on social media. “So, ‘Do what I say or I will hurt/kill you?’ How does that even remotely correspond with ‘To Serve and Protect?’” Carter Gaddis wrote on Twitter, citing the police motto…

What carefully reasoned responses. Just what you would expect from (anti) social media.

In Dutta’s column, published Tuesday, he writes, “Cops are not murderers. No officer goes out in the field wishing to shoot anyone, armed or unarmed.” Still, he does not defend all police. “I know it is scary for people to be stopped by cops. I also understand the anger and frustration if people believe they have been stopped unjustly or without a reason.

Just look at all of the harrassment Eric Holder has had to put up with over the years. He has been stopped by the police three times!

I am aware that corrupt and bully cops exist. When it comes to police misconduct, I side with the ACLU: Having worked as an internal affairs investigator, I know that some officers engage in unprofessional and arrogant behavior; sometimes they behave like criminals themselves.” …

Too late. Even siding with the ACLU won’t help you now.

Dutta, a professor of homeland security and criminal justice at Colorado Technical University, could not be reached immediately for comment Wednesday on the uproar over his column.

That should probably read: "a former professor of homeland security…"

In a tweet linking to his response, the Washingtonian’s Benjamin Freed wrote, “I challenged Officer Sunil Dutta. Hopefully he won’t come hurt me.”

What a wit.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 21st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Column Defending Cops In Ferguson Sparks Fury On Left”

  1. mr_bill

    It really only takes watching a few episodes of “Cops” to understand what this officer is saying. It really is very easy to avoid thrown down and handcuffed by a police officer, but Jim Carrey explains it much more succinctly than I ever could:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovwxBrIBj1w


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