Might makes right

July 23, 2015 Comics, In The News Comments (7) 514

Sandra Bland died, according to former cop and CNN contributor Harry Houck, because she was “arrogant from the beginning.” Whether police did or did not murder Bland while she was in custody, there’s no question that she was only in custody because she failed to show the arresting officer the kind of deference he expected–he gave her orders, and when she did not comply, he used his power to bully her.

This is in line with the philosophy Los Angeles police officer Sunil Dutta shared with the Washington Post just after Mike Brown was murdered:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.

In November I posted a comic about how police hold themselves to the same standard as grizzly bears. That’s still the case, sadly, but police are also are adopting the philosophy of the criminals they are supposed to stop: “I have the gun, so obey me or die.”

7 Responses to :
Might makes right

  1. Renee says:

    Police officers are law enforcement. If an officer tells a person to stop, the person must stop. How the police officer then handles the situation once he or she sees there is no crime being committed….that is up to the officer and there are times when officers do abuse power. This happens in all fields of life! But, we all must understand that we answer to authority. It really doesn’t matter how petty or small or ridiculous the authority is. Law enforcement officers are in place to uphold the law and they all have a measure of authority, as they should. Police officers have a right by law to give orders. They have to give orders. They cannot “ask” people to comply. Do you propose an officer asks someone to please stop and please allow me to see what you are really doing, you look suspicious and I please please need to ask you to stop so I can make sure everything is ok. Please. RIGHT!
    My most precious friend from high school was a police officer for 10 years. He was a kind and generous man and he was a good police officer. He made sure he served, protected, and did his best. He was gunned down in Phoenix, AZ six years ago by a woman he asked to please put your hands behind your head…..he asked her 4 times. ASKED.
    People like you need to go create a cartoon for a real issue.

    1. Chris Chris says:

      Very sorry to hear what happened to your friend, Renee.

  2. Renee says:

    I just read this again, and you dispute the morality of what that officer said? WTF. How about we enable all the people who want to argue with police, dispute them, call them racist pigs, threaten to sue and take their badges, scream and say they pay police salaries, and have the gal to walk aggressively toward an officer, no matter what the situation?? Let’s just pretend these people have the right to say these things and NOT be reprimanded, or possibly shot depending upon how violent they become. Let’s pretend police are “crazy” and just like robbers and muggers. Damn, the stupidity that exists on this internet is unreal.

  3. Renee says:

    Thank you for the condolences for my friend. You seem intelligent. I just don’t get stuff like this. I feel so many people have lost a sense for what is right and wrong. People are upholding wrong making a joke of what is right. This world has certainly taken a strange turn.

    1. Chris Chris says:

      For what it’s worth, I don’t think anyone (including me) is disputing that police do and should have certain authority. The problem is that too many police abuse that authority, and too many police believe their power derives not from the trust vested on them by the state, but from their power to kill. The weapons an officer carries are meant to defend the safety of the officer and other people, not as a threat to make sure their orders are followed and/or egos respected.

      1. Renee says:

        I agree. But I’m also not posting cartoons to sway the public to believe police officers are like muggers and robbers. The majority are not. The majority are doing what they should and we should be grateful, considering the gross amount of criminals and potential criminals who exist. There is a huge cesspool of awful people out there, and I think you know that. The “bad” police officers are targeted and harped on by media. The media is a joke and they love to cause controversy and get us, the real people of this country, going and arguing and hating each other and rioting and bitching and moaning. We all need to have a better mind for issues.

        1. Chris Chris says:

          I used to believe the majority of cops were good cops. I don’t believe that any more. Good cops wouldn’t continue to serve beside the kind of abusive monsters we’ve all witnessed recently, they would root them out as the threats to public safety that they are. I also don’t believe there is a “huge cesspool of awful people out there.” I believe there are some bad people, and a lot of people just trying to make their way in the world who have seen their activities branded as criminal. I think the statistics support my way of looking at things–and it’s enormously problematic people assail the media for not reinforcing the things they already believe, when the whole purpose of the media is to show us reality.

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