These “Conservatives” Don’t Bode Well for the Future of Liberty In America

Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE PROBLEM IS ATTITUDE: Police Officer: ‘if you don’t want to get shot…just do what I tell you…

THE PROBLEM IS ATTITUDE: Police Officer: ‘if you don’t want to get shot…just do what I tell you.’ “The thing is, Officer Dutta (pictured) is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Colorado Technical University. And he uttered those words not in the heat of the moment, but in an opinion piece in the Washington Post responding to widespread criticism of police attitudes and tactics currently on display in Ferguson, Missouri, but increasingly common nationwide. . . . If you have the attitude that you are owed deference and instant obediance by the people around you, and that you are justified in using violence against them if they don’t comply, we already have a problem. That’s especially true if official institutions back you up, which they do.”

The most disheartening thing about this post over at Instapundit is not the post itself, but the comments from “conservatives,” all of whom are so terrified of black crime they are willing to give the police ultimate and complete life or death power over them.

Say “Yes, sir.”

Don’t argue.

Shut up.

If a cop shoots you, he probably has a good reason to.

These people aren’t conservatives.  My Dad was a conservative.  He would have been appalled at the servile, bootlicking attitudes on display here.  Of course, my Dad was an American.  I have no idea what these submissive cowards are.  Not any Americans I ever knew, though.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


These “Conservatives” Don’t Bode Well for the Future of Liberty In America — 4 Comments

  1. You’ve talked about this before, and I think we agree that the current “obey without question or die” attitude police seem to take stems from a fairly rapid emergence some time ago of an invalid assertion: what police do is dangerous, and therefore they can and should do everything possible to minimize risks to their own safety.

    This has created a much less genial atmosphere between police and citizens.

    I still remember when, if you were stopped for speeding, you got out of the car holding your license and registration to show the cop you were cooperating, and stood by the car until he came up to you. This eliminated the possibility that the officer might be walking into an ambush, and get shot by someone as he came up to the window.

    This all changed sometime in the 70s, I think. Now it’s “STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE!”

    The last real encounter I had with the police was pretty unpleasant. I was standing outside my co-op on NYC’s Upper West Side — very quiet, safe neighborhood — waiting for my daughter to arrive in a taxi. A cruiser rolled by, stopped, and an officer inside the car said
    “Hey, buddy! What’s goin’ on?” and shone a dazzling spotlight into my eyes. I said something to the effect of “Nothing much, why?”

    “Didn’t I just see you down on Riverside a few minutes ago?”

    (My first thought was: you mean there’s another 65 year old dude out here at 10PM wearing a pair of lime green Ralph Lauren trousers, a white cashmere sweater and sporting a gold Rolex?)

    “No,” I said. “I just walked out here a minute ago.”

    “Yeah, I saw you there. Come on over to the car.”

    I hesitated because I literally couldn’t see anything with that spotlight in my face. I put my hand up to shield my eyes and the officer started barking:

    “Put your hand down. Get over here now!”

    Just then my doorman walked out. He said “What’s going on?” and I said “These guys think I was on Riverside a few minutes ago. The doorman said to the police, “No, officers, he just walked out here.”

    “Does he live here?”

    “Yes, he does.”

    “Oh, okay.” With that, they rolled away.

    No apology. This left a bad taste in my mouth, as it should have. I’m not accustomed to being talked to that way. But I’m probably lucky I wasn’t arrested for impeding a police investigation. That’s a big favorite here in NYC, especially if you happen to be filming them with your phone.

    I’m not sure how this can be changed. But it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  2. Sunil Dutta (who “authored” that ugly, little screed), it should be clearly stated, is simultaneously 95% – 99%* asshole, and 110% of what’s horridly, dangerously wrong with police “officers” in the U.S. today.

    His whole attitude is so nastily bad, it would have to improve by at least half to even come up close to being “wrong”.

    Cop “militarization” in current times is only peripherally involved, here – common access to military-grade weaponry and accessories, and the over-eagerness to deploy and utilize them, simply makes the dangers to everyone (cops included) many times more near-certain to quickly become deadly. The basic problem, though, is this whole “You have Rights, but only the ones I choose to allow you to exercise – otherwise, your ass is mine!!” view – and behavior – that Dutta and (apparently) the overwhelming majority of cops express in This (Formerly) Favored Land Of Ours.

    If he continues to be active in “law enforcement” – and (as seems likely) fails to revise that ugly, ass-backwards attitude substantially towards actual law enforcement, as opposed to his current posture of “Respect And Obey Mah Absoloot Authoriteh, Or PAIN!!” – sooner or later (quite probably sooner), he’s going to get his fat ass chopped up and handed to him. Let us fervently hope he’s unable to chop up much of anyone else before that happens.

    (* I’ll give him a few “non-asshole” percentage points, based on the possibility he may be, on occasion, kindly towards small animals, elderly ladies and/or infants – the jury’s still out on that, though.)

Leave a Reply