It would seem to be an absurdity that any government would need to issue instructions to its constituents on how to keep from getting shot by the police. I mean, isn’t it the job of police officers to be “peace officers” or are they now simply “law enforcement officers” without any emphasis on peace?
Well, in at least one state, the issue is, apparently, so bad that the state government has had to issue this type of instruction. What state? Arizona. Rachel Blevins writes about this bizarre situation,
Driver’s manuals in Arizona will now include a section detailing “how not to get shot by police” during traffic stops, which is specifically aimed at armed drivers in the wake of the shooting that killed Philando Castile.
Democratic State Rep. Reginald Bolding told the Arizona Daily Star that he pushed for a rewrite of the state’s driver’s manual as a way to help educate drivers—especially those who are black and Hispanic, because he said records have shown that they are more likely to become victims of police shootings.
“When you look at what’s taken place across the country, you have seen a majority of individuals who are people of color that have had higher incidence of interactions with law-enforcement officers, particularly in shootings,” Bolding said. “Hopefully we can get to a place where that’s not the reality.”
While other states, including Tennessee, Virginia, and Illinois, have mandated that driver education courses teach people how to act during a traffic stop, Arizona may be the only one specifically dealing with how not to get shot.
I’m not going to try to minimize the danger that police officers perceive themselves to be in (and, in some places like “gun control paradise” Chicago, their concerns are well-founded), but it’s ridiculous that law abiding citizens should fear for their lives when they get pulled over for whatever revenue generation scheme… er… traffic violation that a police officer decides is worth snagging a person for.
Why is it the burden of citizens to ensure that they are safe from the threat of physical violence from government officials who (supposedly) work for us? Why do law-abiding citizens have to fear anytime that a police officer is near them? It’s simply ridiculous.
It’s just another example of how police (and government as a whole) no longer work for us but work for those who want to control us all.