This question was asked by Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, during the hearing on Thursday opening up further investigation in to Sandra Bland's senseless murder.
A reasonable question. At this time with unreasonable & unbelievable answers.
It is reasonable as well to hold the cultural belief, perhaps common sense too, that we are all always to be on respectful, obedient, behavior whenever we are stopped by a cop. If for nothing else - as has been stated in the assorts blogs on Sandra Bland- the cops have now increased their odds - by their choice making - to lawfully abuse you, or to murder you. In this way then speaking authentically to an officer could get one murdered and I do keep this in mind - more so these days than ever before.
When I was younger I was respectful to the cops - as I was raised to do. As a white girl, I was fortunate, I did not experience any abuse from them as I was a well behaved citizen and I have remained so.
Now I know operating from my own direct experience - even when I am respectful - the cop is a jerk no matter what. We have become more militarized in our communities, where hapless citizens are targets - as a criminal in order to generate revenue for our military industrial complex, & prison industrial complex.
Even if I make the choice to be respectful to the officer - who is not being respectful to me - even within that reason - then one would also be able to appropriately & reasonably be peeved when stopped by a cop for his megalomaniacal ego fix.
I no longer have this knee jerk response to to be pleasantly obedient when some officer on Road Roids decides I need a lesson about traffic laws - as it always turns out - a lesson without merit. It is remarkable as well, that the cops who pull us hapless citizens over - at times themselves creating a dangerous situation due to their explosive chase. Situations happening more & more frequently due to the crumbling infrastructure of our economic system giving us copious over indulgent police to gather revenue for the hungry county budgets.
But in the doing so the alleged civil society is relying on traffic violations to shore up the paychecks for the county administrators & their elite retirement accounts. In the doing so targeting the poorest people giving double jeopardy to the economics of oppression. So it falls on those at the lowest of the hierarchy to continue to gather the fiscal funds for the operating budgets. The lowest & the least able to keep their emotions under control as we see constantly
Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest once warned for conductChron.com - 14 hours ago
Brian Encinia, 30, who has been with DPS a little more than a year, was warned about his conduct in November 2014 for an incident that had occurred sometime in the previous two months.
"Trooper Encinia was given a written counseling for unprofessional conduct ... for an incident that occurred at a school in Austin," DPS officials wrote in a performance evaluation of the then-probationary officer. "In the future, Trooper Encinia should conduct himself at all times in a manner that will reflect well on himself, the Department, and the state of Texas."
Waller County officials on Tuesday released the full video of Sandra Bland's three days in jail before she was found hanging in her cell, and also confirmed that the 28-year-old was not receiving medication to treat her epilepsy despite mentioning the condition on an intake form.