What you gonna do when they come for you? Yes the COPS theme song needed to be reprised for this post. If you follow this often enough, you know I tend to rely on the New York Times for procrastination and leisure reading, as well as keeping up with what's going on in the world (although there are much better publications for world news).
In the waker of the non-guilty Sean Bell verdict, the New York Times has gotten over the shock that black people in New York are not all the same, and produced an article on some of the work of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. The organization, which is reportedly critical of the NYPD and the justice system, hosts a variety of events including one that teaches young black and hispanic youth how to respond to officers in certain situations. Events like this are great and help to reduce situations where cops are aggravated or fearful for their life. Indeed, in the fear inducing fear of the police officer, there are times when their adrenaline rushes.
Still, as great as it is for non for profit organizations to provide services like this, there must be a greater change in law enforcement itself. Too much of this country's history has been of people learning how to respond to unfair situations, and not enough of it has been truly evaluating situations and looking for ways to improve.
In the chance that you have not already figured out that you should allow cops to punk you, not mention a possible possession of a firearm, and in general just be courteous, people are around to inform you of ways to keep yourself protected. And just in case you are not able to attend one of the sessions by 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, just peep this Chris Rock clip. He's a black man from the BK, he knows what's up.