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by Peter Moskos

February 16, 2016

The right not to get shot

There's something ironic here, this Harlem bar owner discussing the fatal shooting in his bar and the need the need to buy a metal detector and hire a third security guard in order to pat-down customers so nobody gets shot:
He called the extra security measures, “horrible” and “insane” but unfortunately necessary to keep everyone safe.
Hoping there isn't retaliation, he's standing in front of a "know your rights" mural that urges people to observe and record -- but not cooperate with -- police.



(FYI, from google street view, the mural predates the bar.)

4 comments:

That Fuzzy Bastard said...

Well yes, when police are killing unarmed people and departments make clear that they're not interested in curbing such killing, then observing and reporting but not cooperating with police becomes one of the insane things one does to keep people safe.

Peter Moskos said...

Actually, one of the names on the mural was an armed person who was killed by police. Poor victim.

And "departments make clear that they're not interested in curbing such killing" is wrong and insulting to cops who do nothing but try and do that. In this context, it's nothing more than trolling. Please don't reply.

Pragmatic Liberaltarian said...

"Hoping there isn't retaliation, he's standing in front of a "know your rights" mural that urges people to observe and record -- but not cooperate with -- police."

The advice to stay silent seems to me to be directed to someone who's the target of a police investigation or detention. Sound advice that any criminal defense attorney would give, regardless of whether the person is innocent or guilty.

Peter Moskos said...

Could be. But sound legal advice or not, not exactly conducive to convicting murderers and keeping them from killing again. And certainly the armed-robber police killed doesn't deserve a "we are all..." mention. And the cop as a puppet of the man? Call me crazy, but I think the mural is picking sides.