Tuesday, August 19, 2014

UPDATE: Local prof responds to Ferguson: Don't mess with the cops

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Since this blog post, we have been contacted by a public relations specialist working on behalf of Colorado Technical University  who asked us to inform our readers that the views of Dutta are his own and not those of Colorado Technical University.


A local professor and longtime Los Angeles police officer is poking the proverbial bear with an editorial in the Washington Post. His message: If you don't want a cop to hurt you, do everything he or she says without question.

Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Technical University, reacting to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, says most cases involving police brutality are the fault of the suspect. He advises anyone stopped by a police officer as follows: 

 [I]f 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?
Oh, and if that police officer is abusing your rights, including your right to free speech, he says you can always sue later.

Dutta's comments will be seen as inflammatory by many who support the protests in Ferguson, which followed the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Brown was shot six times. Angry protests erupted following the Aug. 9 shooting; the officer still has not been arrested. Police and the National Guard have responded to the protests with violence and tear gas. 

Gawker, by the way, is having a field day with Dutta's comments. You can read its take here.

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