Advice Part 1: Don’t try to do the Jedi Knight Mind Trick. It won’t work. Really. Truly. Advice Part 2: To the radical left-wing “progressive” mayors and governors former NYPD Police Commissioner Bernard Bailey Kerik says:
“Tell your thugs in your community…
- Don’t attack our police
- Don’t assault our police
- Don’t resist arrest
- Don’t obstruct or interfere with an arrest
- Don’t run from the police
- Don’t run cops over with your car
- Don’t take their Tasers
- Don’t take their weapons
- Don’t take their guns
… because if you do we’re gonna use force and we’re not gonna lose if we use force.”
As a police chaplain, I would add a couple of things:
1. Such advice above about not resisting arrest (resisting itself is a crime) is for all:
- for the guilty and for those who are provably innocent.
- for black and white and brown and yellow… whatever.
2. Just comply. Then, if you think you’re innocent, bring it before a judge.
I realize that this is controversial and emotions are what they are. But what the Commissioner said is true in all cases: If you do bad stuff in resisting, police are going to use force and the police are not going to lose if they use force. The one police officer you’re resisting will be backed up soon by untold numbers of other officers. And now they are not interested in the original incident, say, a possible wrongful traffic stop. No, no. Now they will be interested because of an assault or murder of a police officer. Just comply, then bring it before a judge.