How To Survive Police Encounters
University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted today on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop July 19. Video from the officer’s body camera shows a routine traffic stop turning suddenly violent when DuBose leans toward the passenger seat and Tensing fires a single shot into his head. I urge everyone to watch this video. Listen to how the officer lied and how other officers were ready to back up his fraudulent story.
What Do We Get For Winning?
If you are black, and you survive an encounter with the police without getting killed, beat the fuck up, or a gun pulled on you, then you have won the game of life. You should get points. Perhaps a prize of some sort. Of course this is hyperbole, but as we come across another “law enforcement” officer killing an unarmed black person, you have to wonder if there’s some consideration that should be given to such a notion.
Well, I don’t wonder. I’ve been generally harassed, stopped and frisked, had guns pulled on me, and even arrested by police. My record is clean, and I’m still breathing as a 34 year old black male who has taken residence in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and now New York City. Here’s how.
Police Encounters: Swallow Your Pride
Personally, I try to become limp and lifeless when confronted by a police officer. As a black man, I am resigned to the fact that in today’s America, when confronted by police, my life nor my autonomy are my own any more. The rights I have and my knowledge of the law are only good if they are recognized. If I died in police custody, hopefully there was footage when it happened as that is the only way I could tell my side of the story. Otherwise, nothing different would happen than if I died at the hands of a civilian other than the decrease in the chance of an investigation, arrest, indictment, trial, or conviction. In that way, I’d probably have a better chance of getting any justice if I was killed by a civilian. Either way, I’d still be dead and that would suck for my friends and family.
So I keep my head down and my hands at “10 and 2” on the steering wheel when I am pulled over. I figure that forensics would show if I got shot in that manner, it would be tough for me to have been considered a threat to the officer. I have even had State Troopers tell me I can take my head off the steering wheel. Part of me will always think that’s a trick, so I keep at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times even when I lift my head. I still keep one hand on the steering wheel when reaching for the glove compartment or my wallet for license and registration. When in person, I keep my hands up and only use one hand to reach for whatever identification I am likely to ask for.
It’s More Important To Survive
I love life and plan on being at the helm when Killing The Breeze unleashes the power people have when they have increased access to the internet and social media, the ability to go to college; graduate school; and then gain employment or start a business, and when they better understand the role of government and citizens in society. I can’t do that if I am dead. All races of victims are most likely to be killed by perpetrators of their same race, so the “black on black crime” canard doesn’t work for me. The only “worry” I have about my life is when I am confronted by those who are supposed to “protect and serve”. It seems like shooting people like me unarmed are a routine part of that protecting and serving. These are my survival techniques.