Rule #1: Do what the police tell you. To include stopping and not trying to run them over.
Rule #2: If you find yourself getting your ass beat, check and see if you’ve violated rule #1.
Police had chased the van almost 50 miles, winding from downtown Birmingham to suburban Hoover. The video captured the van knocking down a police officer standing on a roadway, then turning up an interstate highway ramp, where it flipped over and rolled into a ditch.
Warren was ejected from the van and stopped moving. The five officers — one black, four white — ruthlessly beat the suspect, who is black, the video shows.
I’m not saying it’s right. I think maybe the officers went a little overboard here.
But if you make the cops chase you for over 50 miles and run over one of them in the process, should we be surprised if they lose a little composure?
Not to get all Roger Trinquier on this situation, but take this point of view regarding interrogating terrorists..
No lawyer is present for … an interrogation. If the prisoner gives the information requested, the examination is quickly terminated; if not, specialists must force his secret from him. Then, as a soldier, he must face the suffering, and perhaps the death, he has heretofore managed to avoid. The terrorist must accept this as a condition inherent in his trade and in the methods of warfare that, with full knowledge, his superiors and he himself have chosen.
I think there’s a little bit of a parallel here. If you break the law, you must be prepared to deal with the consequences.
The people who are judging these officers have never been in a 100 mile an hour car chase. They’ve never lived knowing that every situation can turn deadly in an instant. They’ve never had a moment where their body is pumping on pure adrenaline and in fight-or-flight response mode.
If you push the police into a “you or me” situation, you don’t get to bitch when they choose themselves over you.
and neither does your lawyer.