It appears that the store owner did not like having a black man sitting outside his shop. The female cop decided to first harass and then arrest this man for the crime of sitting in public. If no crime has been committed then the officer is not entitled to your name. This sort of behavior keeps the charge of institutional racism alive in politics today. The police are the problem in this instance. When enough police thuggery occurs, we get rioting in the vein of Ferguson, Watts, etc. The fact is that race hustlers like Jackson and Sharpton make their living off of incidents like this. Polite society should not tolerate a single instance of police behaving as in such a manner. Charges should be filed. If the officers are found guilty, badges should be collected, pink slips handed out, and the officer spend some time behind bars contemplating the price of violating the public trust.
The man, identified by the City Pages Blog in Minneapolis as Chris Lollie, was waiting to pick his kids up from day care. He was heading towards them, patiently speaking to the female police officer when the male officer arrived, behaved hyper-aggressively and decided Chris was going to jail for the crime of walking in a mall. The price Chris had to pay for respectfully asking for his right to be left alone was to receive an electric shock from a tazor.
If it’s a war zone out there for cops, it’s the “civilians” that often seem most at risk.
Police aggression is rooted in two things: fear and entitlement. The sense that an officer is always right is most notable when the Blue Wall is in play. It only feeds the us v. them mentality, and if an officer speaks up, even to another officer in confidence he may experience pressure to recant. This all or nothing attitude will pave a road to hell.
Being reasonable, does not require you to put up with police harassment. Being reasonable, does not require you to give your name to the thug with a badge who is on a power trip. Chris Lollie was respectfully refusing to comply with an illegal demand made by the Officer. Our right to live free from harassment and privacy is being eroded steadily. The police deserve our gratitude for the work they do. They do not deserve to behave as our lords and masters. Mr. Lollie is dead right when he said, “You don’t rule me!”