In an article on Washington Post’s Huffington Post section, PostEverything, a former cop offers a comforting mixed message. Here’s a dance remix excerpting two consecutive paragraphs:
You don’t have to submit to an illegal stop. Don’t tell me that I can’t stop you. You can refuse consent to search your car or home. Don’t argue with me. Cops are legally prohibited from using excessive force. 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.
(My friend Johnzo pointed out the juxtaposition.)