Thursday, August 14, 2014

Long Damn Week - Protect Yourself

If you are a person in the U.S. and you don't have bouncing and behaving hair then this video might interest you. If you are a person that has no need of a tanning salon you might find the video redundant to what you moms and grannies told you but it doesn't hurt as a refresher to the basics.

To my friends and acquaintances who have the ability to partake  (but not the desire) to patronize tanning salons you might want to watch this video as well. Cuz the Los Angeles Sheriff Department has been known to go nutzo-crazy and they don't care what color your skin is -- they will beat you silly. Not being hyperbolic. Not at all. Documented.

This is a video from comedian Elon James White for the ACLU that was uploaded around 2011. It is a basic primer on what to do when the police approach you and you know to your bones you haven't done anything wrong.

Now this video is telling you the truth about your legal rights. Elon also implies some common sense concepts like keeping your hands in sight of the officer. Answer only the question otherwise keep your mouth shut.

This will not necessarily stop you from being beaten or killed but it might slow up the cops from doing it. It might give you additional time to have the cops get distracted by somebody else running their mouth. But honestly, if they have a quota to fill or you get a nasty SOB then none of this will matter. It is the roll of the dice.

This use to be a fella thing but seeing how we have now have gender equality in getting the hell beat up by law enforcement I'm just passing it along.

What? You didn't see the video of the woman getting beat by the California Highway Patrol officer?

Or photos of the pregnant woman being placed in a choke hold by NY cops because they had the BBQ out in the front of the house and not the back?

Or the other woman who was dragged out of her apartment and left naked in the hall. The police went to the wrong address for a disturbance. Actually, the whole family went to jail on that one, including the child they were sent to protect.

I feel helpless. When I feel helpless I look for help and assistance, resources and a place to reassure myself that it is getting a little bit more crazy than I anticipated the 21st century to be. This is nothing like the science fiction books I read as a kid.

I don't have my flying car. No neighborhood hydroponic garden. No vacation on the planet of my choice. Not to mention my high speed train line across the world.

Nothing except the 1930s to 1960s on repeat.

It is a stone cold bummer.  

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