A Guest Blog Entry by Nathan Kraus (student, guitarist, world citizen)
After my last blog and constant thought of social justice being violated by communication errors, I realized a power that seems so easy to abuse it’s no wonder police officers do. To avoid the impact of the law I will speak of, it is important for people to know their rights so police officers don’t take advantage of them, they will if you don’t.
To me, a main law that I can understand as a safety measure cops have is the right to handcuff anyone at anytime. They do not need a reason, they simply tell you they need to restrain you at the moment and that you are not currently under arrest.
To me this is bull.
The cop treats me like a criminal and I’ve done nothing wrong. Is the cop profiling me as someone who would try to attack a police officer? Am I going try to run off or pull a gun? No, I am a good citizen and the law should respect that first, and respect that I pay my taxes and employ their wages, technically, as a taxpaying citizen.
Cops don’t appreciate this and the reason I bring this into matter is that the communication of that law and officers is used to gain advantages over citizens. If I’ve done nothing wrong why does the cop have the right to chain me up while talking with his hands free in the air? Why can’t cops talk to you like a normal person, in normal conversation? Because, cops instantly feel power from not talking to a person in a normal conversive manner.
Using the technique mentioned above gives them the upper hand and communication goes from speaking to one another to simply the cop asking the questions and letting you know who is in charge. They lie to you and try to get you to confess to things you didn’t do. They make you feel like you are already in trouble.
Finally, I believe this law to be completely unjust because police officers will use their favorite term “DON’T RESIST”. And if it’s as simple as the cops telling you they are going to cuff you and you refuse, you can then be arrested instantly for RESISTANCE, which is total bull. No communication of the situation needs to be done, the first words from the officer can be “your being cuffed” and you have to do it.
Simply put, this law violates social justice and kills the communication in it.
So to ensure that police don’t keep violating our rights, we must knowledge ourselves, and communicate to the fullest!