Some say the end is near
Some say we’ll see Armagaeddon soon
I certainly hope we will
I sure could use a vacation from this
bullshit three-ring circus sideshow of
freaks here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
-From Tool’s “Aenima”
Aubrey Jenkins posted a link in her blog that gave me some material to talk about today. Check out this story by the Los Angeles Times. Here is the video. Now you’ve read the story and you’ve seen the video. Here’s what I think about it:
So a UCLA student goes to the library after 11:00pm and is asked for his student ID. Because he looks to be of an Arabic/Middle-Eastern descent, he refuses on the grounds that he feels like he is being profiled. He refuses several times, in fact. The Campus Police are called and he still refuses, and decides that he would rather just leave. The police decide that he’s exercised enough of his freedoms at this point, and might be hiding something, so they stop him by taking hold of his arm. He tells them to get their hands off of him. (It’s the quote that’s right at the beginning of the video, partially cut off.) There’s no visual clip of this part, but I’m betting he yanks his arm free. (You can’t really yell like that and not yank your arm away. It doesn’t drive the point home. Now if you look at the hand on your arm and calmly, coldly, say “get you hand off of me” that might be effective too. Anyway…) Things escalate and he gets the first taste of the taser. From there, it becomes a cycle of him getting zapped and yelling that he’s too weak to stand…
Now, did the police go too far? Of course they did. It’s Los Angeles. These cops are infamous for going to far. One taser shot is sufficient to disable a man enough to get cuffs on him. All of these cops know it, too, since they have to BE tasered to carry one.
Did the student instigate this? Yes. I’ve NEVER been to a campus library when I wasn’t asked for an ID, and this was back in 1994, well before 9/11. Back when terrorism was a myth that our parents told us about to make the 80s seem less cool than they really were. To refuse, on several occasions, to show ID is grandstanding. This guy wanted to make a scene. He succeeded, and now he’s going to make a bajllion dollars in a lawsuit that the taxpayers of California are going to have to pay for.
The moral of the story, boys and girls, is that when a police officer asks/tells you to do something, you fucking do it. You don’t piss and moan about your rights. You don’t hesitate. You don’t refuse. You comply, and you comply quickly. If the officer is asking you to do something that is wrong, or a violation of your perceived rights, then you take it up with the police force at a later date, through proper channels.
Some say the end is near