The problem is that today, too many hyper-militarized cops only want to take down, not talk down. Also exemplified with the Eric Garner case, where Daniel Pantaleo jumped in to confront and wrestle down Garner with a choke hold - rather than use a talk down. After all, big as he was, Garner was still unarmed. In the best case of all, of course, the aggressive Pantaleo and his 'crew' could have left it alone. I mean, for chrissakes, bringing a guy down for selling loose cigarettes? (About which I will do a later post regarding too many damned laws, which provide too many excuses for violent police action. Reduce the number of laws and reduce the incidents!)
But the Garner case also brings up the issue of police power trips, especially by the most aggressive cops. If these guys are then already of a mindset to take down, they will not display the patience and communication skills to talk down. (Note 'talk down' is most often used with persons attempting suicide - but needs to be generalized for all lesser crimes!) After all, to a Neanderthal or militarist macho authoritarian, it's easier to tase, shoot or choke than to talk. They want only instant resolution without taking time or trouble - a recipe for disaster in our ever more complex social world.
This hearkens back also to the patriarchal, prejudiced attitudes of the southern cops in MS and AL during the era of Bull Connor and the civil rights marchers. When Connor and his imps turned their fire hoses on the mostly black crowd and yelled at specific stubborn marchers, "Git down on yorn knees, boy!"
Subservience and slavery! The only postures that would be acceptable, to a power drunk, aggressive cop- if one was not to be construed as "resisting arrest". Hence, the only available postures that could have spared Garner's life.
Ms. Crenshaw goes on:
"It’s about the imposition of authority and control. And that is the highway through which racial power is colliding with these bodies. So when I think of a dam, I think about shutting down that highway altogether and redirecting that energy.
Brute force in dealing with people will no longer be tolerated by the rank and file of citizens, as the current wave of protests show. The sooner police get that into their noggins, the better off we all will be.
Tyrannical cops wear their entitlement disorder on their sleeves thus:
When I am on the job it's your responsibility to make my life as easy as possible and don't do anything that might get me angry or otherwise set me off: Just do exactly what I tell you, precisely and without delay, no matter how unreasonable. If I decide I want to frisk you, let me. If I decide I want to arrest you, let me. If this is the fifth time I've hassled you this month, let me. My whim counts for more than your dignity.