A veteran police officer has some advice for everyone in the wake of unarmed teen Michael Brown being gunned down by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if 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,” Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, wrote in a column for The Washington Post.

Dutta cautions against arguing, insulting, or screaming at officers, “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?”

If you believe an officer is violating your rights or bullying you, Dutta says, don’t challenge him then — save that for lodging a complaint later. “Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you.”

Needless to say, his words didn’t go over well online or in social media, CNN reports.

“The outrageous thing is not that he says it. The outrageous thing is that we accept it,” writes Ken White of the blog Popehat, which tracks American legal issues.

“Do we have a justice system? By name, yes. Is it effective in deterring cops from abusing citizens or punishing them when they do? No… If you hope the cop will be charged criminally for misbehavior, you’re going to be waiting a very long time for no result.”

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7 thoughts on “Veteran Cop: ‘Do What I Tell You And You Won’t Get Hurt’

  1. James R. on said:

    Law enforcement has changed drastically since I retired, you have the mentally impaired, mentally ill, mental retardation, and people that plain do not understand your commands. Should they die because you bark out a command. The use of deadly force were used as a last resort, now its the first thing that officers does, shoot first and ask questions later, you would have been in violation of the use of deadly force policy years ago. But you have government immunity now for sanction killings of citizens.

  2. The best way to avoid being harassed by the police is to not do anything that will even remotely put you in that situation. If you are confronted if you haven’t done anything wrong then comply with their wishes and then move on. Too much built up hostility with these young people not enough home training because of a lack of two parents or no parents at all. Single moms cant do this all by themselves. I am just glad I never had children so I do not have to experience the sorrow these moms are facing these days. May God have mercy on everyone’s soul.

    • Unfortunately too many youths especially Black have a corrupt
      respect for authority whether developed through factual or perceived circumstances
      30 yrs ago it might have been “yes sir officer” now it’s “f^ck you mother^cker”
      Which can lead to a few hours in jail or a situation like we have here.
      The article has a good point had Mr.’ Brown complied with the officer he would be
      chasing honeys at college right now, because evidence is beginning to show that some sort of physical altercation did take place

  3. I agree, but to a point. Regardless, don’t act up, don’t be rude, don’t be hanging around disreputable people, be respectful [of all adults], stay out of trouble – that should be in everyday life. That’s how I was raised. Yes, there are idiot cops out there, but a lot more idiotic people, and too many are black. Watch some COPS episodes and see how rude and self-entitled these young people are. Saying all cops are bad is just like saying all blacks are criminals. Where does it stop? We need to weed out the bad ones on BOTH sides.

  4. “Police-State”

    The benefit of the doubt
    Belongs to the maddogs in blue
    Sworn to service and protect
    Every and anybody,but me and you.

    Copyright 2014
    All rights reserved

  5. americanize. on said:

    If u want to live do what they say,he could be an officer who has a white supremist mentality.The bottom line is this is not a guarantee that u still won,t be killed.

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