(Stillness in the Storm Editor) Why post an article like this? For several reasons. Firstly, if we’re interested in changing things for the better, we have to gain firsthand knowledge of what’s not working, and the justice system is a glaring example of things not working properly. Second, I wanted to take the time to highlight that despite the fact we’re living in a glorified slavery system, we shouldn’t react to injustice with injustice, because it isn’t effective at addressing the problem and it usually hinders solving the core issues. Lastly, I wanted to raise awareness about what you might encounter in the world, as it relates to police interaction, so you can avoid the mistakes this law student made.
Generally speaking, we can’t change the status quo by doing the same things they do. In relation to what happened below, the police officer was rude to the law student, and the student was rude back.
What should be noted about the current state of law enforcement is that police officers are effectively trained dogs—I mean no disrespect with that comment. They are trained insofar as the fact they have the power to enforce the law on people who act disrespectfully. They are taught what to look for when it comes to belligerent people, and when they identify you as that kind of person, their training kicks in and you lose hope of talking your way out. In other words, getting pulled over for some violation of the law, which is usually corrupt, is bad enough. Pissing off the person who is tasked with enforcing corrupt laws won’t help you—especially if the police officer knows they are a pawn in a corrupt machine. In short, you don’t want to poke the bear, you want to tame it.
The article below provides some well tested and somewhat effective techniques for dealing with the police. I’ll add by saying this. Remember, police officers are human beings too.
If you treat a police officer like they are a real person, with respect, kindness, and tolerance, their training related to dealing with disrespectful people breaks down.
I’ve witnessed this first hand.
A police officer comes up to the driver’s side window with a chip on their shoulder, receives kindness and thanks for their service from the driver, and then their demeanor completely changes. I’ve seen police issue verbal warnings when they were one step away from handing a person a ticket, simply because the one who was pulled over established a human connection.
It should be noted, this technique won’t work all the time. Nor will it get you out of valid offenses.
Remember, the police are the gateway into the legal system. If they decided not to file anything related to why they stopped you, it’s as if nothing happened. So instead of raging against the gatekeepers of the fallacious justice system, exercise some compassion, and you might be surprised by what happens.
Of course, being nice and all that might help you avoid a ticket or whatnot, but it isn’t an ultimate solution.
I would advise focusing on winning the war, not the battle.
Yes, you can sometimes learn a fancy legal term or technique for forcing the police to stop persecuting you, or you might be able to scream about rights long enough to persuade them, but this probably won’t work long term. Conversely, establishing a friendship with your local police will make them see you differently, and likely led to them giving you more slack in the future.
But more to the point, most police officers enter the profession because they actually care about helping people and serving the public. Of course, that genuine desire is almost completely quashed by the bureaucracy of the police state. But when we take the time to speak to this good intention, by thanking a police officer for their service, we remind them of that higher calling. And through brokering relationships with people in law enforcement, the long game process of restoring the rule of law can take place.
Ultimately, the challenges we face insofar as fixing the justice system are monumental. The fact is, everyone has to deal with the horrors of injustice, including the police.
I would argue the strategy for restoring justice in our darkened world is one of gaining knowledge of true law and forming alliances with those in power to begin discussing change.
In this way, learning how to form relationships with your local law enforcement might one day become an essential aspect of a plan to restore the law for the good of all.
(Jack Burns) A police officer was caught on video in a catfight with a college student after the girl refused to immediately get out of her car.
by Jack Burns, June 20th, 2018
In a series of videos that have gone viral, a law student was apparently arrested for the crime of making a police officer mad, and the student’s refusal to immediately follow the officer’s demands led to a nasty fight.
The first video shows Samantha Alonso-Luna asking a plainclothes female officer which jail her friend Shea was going to. Shea was reportedly arrested for hanging out of the sunroof of a car at a nearby oyster festival fundraiser.
Luna was apparently intoxicated and a passenger in the front seat of a vehicle. Neither is a crime, but the officer claimed she was being rude and was inches away from being arrested for “public intoxication.”
After running Luna’s name and date of birth through the California Police database—which checks for outstanding warrants—the two got into an argument over Luna’s last name. Mexican-Americans often have two last names, which the young law student explained to the police officer. Her tone was quite belligerent but again, not illegal.
The officer, who apparently lost her patience, then ordered Luna out of the car, something the young female said she was not going to do. That is when things took a violent turn. No crime had yet been committed up to the point where Officer Janelle Jackson decided to jerk Luna out of the car.
Legally, she had committed no crime and should not have been detained but that is precisely what happened next. Luna resisted what she considered an unlawful arrest, having committed no crime—unless not giving both of your last names is a now crime.
The female officer was the one to strike first, slamming Luna’s head against the door as she jerked her out. The officer then started pulling Luna’s hair. Luna reached and grabbed a handful of the officer’s hair, refusing to let go. That action resulted in not only “resisting arrest” charges but also “assault on a police officer” charges as well.
The struggle continued with backup officers arriving. It is unclear if the first officer on the scene was telling the female officer to let go of Luna’s hair or telling Luna to let go of the officer’s hair. The escalation continued up to the point where the officer was practically begging her fellow officers to cut her hair to release Luna’s grip on her locks.
“I hate you guys…racist as fuck,” Luna can be heard screaming as she protested having three police officers manhandle her. “Stop resisting,” her friends can be heard saying.
As The Free Thought Project has reported, officers are trained to say “stop resisting” in an effort to win bystander support who often repeat the phrase. “You’re hurting me,” Luna cries at the end of the video.
The entire incident could have been avoided if Luna had followed the advice TFTP has given on multiple occasions. Hers is a great example of why citizens should refuse to talk to police. “I don’t answer questions,” is a valid response, and it allows citizens to exercise their Fifth Amendment rights.
What’s more, as TFTP has reported, a court case was decided last year by an appellate court in New Jersey which affirmed that citizens are allowed to defend themselves against police brutality.
The court’s decision involved the case of Darnell Reed, 33, who was beaten to a bloody pulp by officers during an arrest in 2013 in which he faced multiple charges. A jury found him not guilty on seven of the eight charges, with the only guilty charge being that of “resisting arrest.”
However, the appellate court ruled last year that Reed was denied a fair trial in that instance, as the jury had not been instructed to consider whether or not Reed had that right to defend himself against police brutality. In the videos above, it can be argued that Luna acted in a similar manner.
Samantha Alonso-Luna was eventually arrested and charged with giving a false identification, public intoxication, and resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Luna is planning to sue.
About The Author
Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine.
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