“Griffo said that New York police require extra safeguards because “too many people in our society have lost the respect they need to have for a police officer…. We need to make it very clear that when a police officer is performing his duty, every citizen needs to comply and that refusal to comply carries a penalty.”
The bill, which will now move to the State Assembly, would make it a crime for a person to make any type of physical action aimed at intimidating a police officer. Harassment of a police officer would be recognized as a Class E Felony, punishable by up to four years in prison. … In May 2011, New York homeowner Emily Good was arrested by Rochester police while standing in her yard and videotaping police officers who were performing a traffic stop in front of her house.
When one of the officers asked Good what she was doing, Good replied, “I’m just recording what you’re doing; it’s my right.” The officer then told Good that “we don’t feel safe with you standing right behind us while we’re doing a traffic stop,” and ordered her to go inside her house.
When Good insisted on her right to stand in her yard, she was arrested, handcuffed, and taken away in a police car. She was later charged with obstructing governmental administration. “
Cops are “annoyed” by: freedom of assembly, the existence of PoC and LGBT people, accountability, etc. This is going to be an absolute disaster. The NYPD doesn’t need protection — the people need protection from them!
Going to be? It’s already a disaster. *smdh* I’ve been talking about this for, no joke, 20 years. I call this phenomenon Blue Attitude— where supposed peace officers demand a ridiculous level of “respect”¹ from literally everyone, and if they don’t get it, they react totally inappropriately (eg: personal offense, anger → official and/or physical force). And everyone² just accepted this. For decades. And now, 100% predictably, it’s gotten completely out of control.³
A metaphor: some scared people got a guard dog and trained it to be mean. They sicced it on people at the drop of a hat and then rewarded it, systematically making it stronger and stronger and meaner and meaner— while simultaneously giving it a longer and longer lead because they assumed it was loyal to them. But now it’s so strong it’s busted off the chain entirely, and it’s so mean and undisciplined (and nervous), it’ll bite anyone. It doesn’t answer to anybody, because guess what, it’s not a guard dog anymore, it’s an attack dog. It was supposed to protect certain “Us”es from all the various “Them”s, but the pool of Thems got so big, it can’t distinguish. (And it doesn’t even really try, because— did I mention?— it’s a fucking attack dog.) So now everybody’s a potential Them, and all it cares about is protecting itself. Slowly but surely, “us” has come to mean BLUE and “them” has come to mean THE ENTIRE CITIZENRY.
Good luck reeling this back in, dumbasses. We tried to warn you.
And I bet there are still people who will read this article and think “right on! go get ’em!” like it’ll never affect them. Like they will never be Them. Ignorance is bliss…?⁴
¹Respect = instant, abject, groveling compliance. (Sir/Ma’am is not enough. I remember back in the day, the big safety tip to keep you from being copped to death was, “if a police officer touches you, go limp.” But even that counts as disrespect aka “resisting” now. Even begging for your life between mouthfuls of asphalt while six cops sit on top of you is an act so uppity it can get you killed. So I guess now the rule is, step out of line and you are fucked. PS, out-of-line now includes: being brown, protesting peacefully, dressing in a goth/hiphop/punk/hipster style, being young and loud, asking for a badge number, being in the wrong neighborhood, looking at the police…)
²Everyone that mattered. If you know what I mean and I think you do.
³And by “now” and “control,” I mean “from the POV that matters.” If you know what I mean. Because obviously this isn’t new. It’s just, it didn’t used to happen to Certain People.
⁴If by “bliss” you mean “subject to getting your head caved in with a billy stick at any time.” Remember the shock of the Don’t Taze Me Bro incident? And the pepper spraying at UC Davis? Not all of us were surprised. I remember thinking, “well that was inevitable. bright side, maybe it’ll be a wake-up call.” Nope.
So yeah, here we are. And by “we,” better believe I mean ALL of us. Nice job, fools. Ism: sometimes it bites you in the ass.