This guy may be acting on his legal rights, but coming out “punching” is dumb! However, the idiotic accusations and “cause for questioning” given by the police (surveillance of police station, photography of state property with an iPhone) adds up to “intent to commit a future terrorist act” is astounding and worth witnessing!
My intent in starting this post was to point out that too many Americans are unaware of just how meticulously traffic stops are planned, rehearsed and well-laid mine fields for “doing the wrong thing” and that how one behaves is CRITICAL to avoid getting oneself into deep shit!
Asperger individuals do have problems with authority as a consequence of our “inborn” values of equality, fairness, justice and privacy boundaries, but when a person with a badge and a gun stops your vehicle, JUST FOLLOW THE RULES.
Which brings us to: WHAT ARE THE RULES? This is where the rubber meets the road for all Americans who don’t understand that police stops of any type are the most common and dangerous intersections between levels of hierarchy on the social pyramid. Police officers do have legal options that “override” the average individual’s “concept” of being protected by his or her supposed legal “rights”.
Mass incarceration in America, explained in 22 maps and charts: http://www.vox.com/2015/7/13/8913297/mass-incarceration-maps-charts
Police stops are the power of the social hierarchy in action at the most basic level – your status on the social pyramid vs. “The Law” as it is practiced on the street by officers who may be your neighbor or friend; who may be great parents, community leaders or all-around “good people” but may also be “closet predators” and “staunch defenders of the status quo” (the status quo in your community may be racism or other prejudice) They may be “limit testers” of legal definitions and boundaries hiding under the protection of a uniform.
Law enforcement officers are the primary enforcers for the hierarchy; empowered by “society” to regulate activity within the community. So how they behave varies greatly, depending on the community, which may range in attitude from tough on crime to much more personal, case by case, interpretation of “civilian” behavior. How officers behave depends on their personality, experiences on the job, family history and the “culture” established within their department.
What is the message that can be derived from this typically “unfair” “arbitrary” and “subjective” neurotypical social regulator? No matter what you think your “rights” are; no matter how you THINK you ought to be treated; no matter what your instincts or emotional reactions tell you, KEEP YOUR GODDAM MOUTH SHUT – this is good advice not only for Aspergers, but for individuals who believe that “playing the victim” or responding to questions with lies, or rambling excuses, or even threats, is a good idea. Such behavior merely signals “weak prey” and triggers aggressive behavior in predators. Resistance may not be “futile”, but displaying weakness is dumb; so is aggression. In the fight, flight or freeze response common to animals, this is the time to “chill”.
Remember that your are dealing with individuals whom society has placed well above you in the hierarchy, and that society arms them with deadly force to use at their discretion, and with little-to-no-risk of consequences. Their focus, like that of any predator, is the behavior of its prey. And don’t forget: you are de facto prey unless you are higher on the pyramid of “sanctioned behavior” than law enforcement.
Of course, the “privileged behavior status” awarded to police officers has a legitimate function of protecting the “law-abiding” citizen from the predation of criminals; someone has to intervene in the aggressive, violent and destructive actions of the few, which seriously impair community safety and personal freedom to live in relative peace. This dangerous, highly stressful “job” would be beyond what most of us could endure; we ought to be grateful that certain personalities “fit” the job requirements, while at the same time, being alert to individual tendencies in officers who “cross the line” into unwarranted and persistent predation on minorities, the mentally ill, the poor, and the “different or outsider” – easy targets for abuse.
The practical question is, What can be done while “waiting for something to be done?” – which is the typical neurotypical state of distraction from the actual problem, confounded by magical thinking, that some generalized “force, entity or government agency” has the job of finding solutions, and the persistent inability to separate emotional entrenchment from “the greater picture”: All this confusion leads to paralysis. Political, social, economic, right-left ideological arguments and all things “hierarchical” take precedence over the rational approach of “community safety” and the practical functions of dealing with ACTUAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR instead of statistics, psychological theories, emotional and agenda-based beliefs, denial, and political manipulation; protection of staus quo unequal treatment, stupid policies and outright lies on the part of everyone involved in “solving” the problem of criminal behavior.
Americans retain a “utopian” religious belief established long ago (the Puritans again) that human behavior is by definition “evil” and a sin against God; behavior which must be “corrected” permanently in every individual person, in order to achieve a “perfect” society. In the meantime, punishment (after the fact, and not preventive) is the only answer to “bad behavior”. This idea is “nuts”! Our overflowing prison system is the consequence of this idiotic, but dominant, religious insanity.
A PERFECT SOCIETY IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN, and yet, Americans persist in believing that any and all difficulties can be permanently removed from reality by “talking”; the magic power of words! Perfection is Nature’s realm; human behavior has evolved to be “what it is” – a lot like that of chimpanzees; a messy mix of social goals and narcissistic agendas; “eternal squabbling” will not change behavior in humans which has been shaped by millions of years of testing and selection to meet the “terms” of specific environments.
As always, the only “point of control” available to the individual is our own behavior. So don’t be stupid. (Aspergers, you know what I mean!)
Don’t give the police “cause” to stop you; don’t drive around without your vehicle registration or valid drivers license, or cruise town in a borrowed-stolen car. Don’t litter your vehicle with drug paraphernalia, drugs in illegal amounts, stolen guns, loaded guns, open alcohol containers, wads of cash, and stolen property. If you do make a living by illegal means, and are a convicted felon, pay attention to rules regarding prohibited items, weapons and activities as terms of parole. Don’t scream, wail, shriek, collapse, kick, punch or insult the police, or act as if you are “under the influence” of a prohibited substance, unless of course, you are. But don’t then claim that you are “innocent”.
It’s an all-too-common predicament: if you are a person who lacks the most basic common sense, or practical guidance, (you would think that American educators would include in the curriculum, factual information such as “what are the rules of engagement with police” and what “rights” are involved) and your choices have led to a lifestyle of petty crime, or significant crime, you are probably not going to change your dumb behavior, but instead will excuse your behavior by blaming “the system”. It’s not hard to do – there is enough dysfunctional, unfair, unjust and arbitrary policy and practice in everyday American life to legitimize almost any complaint, but abdicating responsibility for one’s contribution to the mess is not realistic, and “giving the system what it wants” (bad behavior as defined by the top of the hierarchy) merely gives the powerful sociopaths who make the rules, the “righteous obligation” to ruin your life.