Sunil Dutta is a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University. His opinions on how the public should respond to law enforcement are controversial, to put it lightly.
Dutta wrote a column which was published in the Washington Post on Tuesday. The title of said column, “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,” is enough to make you wonder how this power-hungry hothead ever got a job in law enforcement to begin with.
Dutta’s column was a response to the harsh criticism which the police force in Ferguson, MO has been receiving for their treatment of journalists and others who are peacefully assembling or simply doing their jobs. Dutta wrote:
“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. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, 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?”
This mentality is the very thing which has created the problems that Dutta claims he is addressing. What do you think of his statement? Do you think it reflects the views of most police officers? Sound off in the comments section.
H/T: Daily Paul