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Quanell X to Jackson, Sharpton: Put Selves In Cops' Shoes for 1 Day

By    |   Friday, 13 Feb 2015 03:19 PM

The national spokesman for the New Black Panther Nation, has issued a no-nonsense message to the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton: Stop criticizing the cops and put yourself in their shoes for just a day.

"I know Brother Al and I've met Brother Jesse on several occasions and I would like to encourage my elders: If you want to get it right and if you really want to speak from a perspective of seeing both sides, take [police] simulation training," Minister Quanell X said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"There are going to be many that's going to say don't take it, others are going to say you're selling out for doing it, but you're not.

"Remember, Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton … the Christ Jesus came into the world not to be popular but to be right. So it may not be popular that you would do it, but it's the right thing for you to do."

Quanell X, who also leads the New Black Panther Party in Texas, is one of many African-American leaders who have questioned in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., whether cops single out young black men in their day-to-day patrols.

So he decided to put himself in a cop's shoes by undertaking a "Shoot, Don't Shoot" exercise with the Missouri City Police Department. And it changed his whole perspective, he said.

"Officers, when they pull someone over, the suspect, they really have no idea of what that suspect has, what that suspect is going to do," Quanell X said.

"So the officer really is at the mercy of any individual whom they're pulling over because only that individual knows what he or she is going to do. It's really important the most important thing I took from that whole experience."

And Quanell X urged those who are stopped by police officers, for any reason, to obey their orders.

"I'm asking and pleading with you … Even if you believe he's disrespectful, he's wrong, he's out of line, he doesn't have it right, don't fight with him out there at the scene," he said.

"There are venues and avenues for you to pursue, to go for justice, if this officer is wrong, but don't fight out there at the scene. Please comply with an officer's command."

Quanell X said that before he went through the paces with Missouri police officers he would have advised otherwise, but now, "my job is to help save the lives of my young brothers and sisters because we're losing them too many.

"You've got to obey an officer's command … don't fight out there at the scene because an officer can go from zero to 100 with a suspect that is not being compliant and is being combative."

The deaths of Michael Brown and other young African-Americans at the hands of police this year, sparked nationwide protests and demands for reforms in law enforcement training.

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