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The Lesson From Cincinnati: Don't Run From Cops

Tuesday, 17 April 2001 12:00 AM

But of course nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone who has spent any amount of time with a police officer knows that a cop dreads having to pull the trigger. I’ve spent hundreds of hours riding with uniformed and undercover officers and have a pretty good sense of what makes these brave men and women tick. They most certainly are not motivated by a desire to run up to an unarmed black man and shoot him.

The Cincinnati situation is the latest in a long list of examples of a fleeing suspect meeting a tragic end. It’s very simple, actually. If you run from a police officer, nothing good will come of it.

During my ride-alongs with police officers, in virtually every situation where a cop had to chase down a fleeing suspect, the "bad guy" always got smacked around in the end. It's an inevitable part of human nature. The adrenalin is flowing, emotions are raw and charged, and a police officer becomes very, very angry when having to chase someone.

None of the above is mentioned as an excuse or justification for a cop shooting an unarmed man in the back, of course. But it should bolster my argument that the actions of the Cincinnati suspect clearly contributed to his death. No one will ever get shot by a police officer while being cooperative. The man shot in Cincinnati was being served with numerous warrants. Had he complied with the police officer, he'd be alive today. That's the tragic conclusion that people of all races should remember.

It's inevitable that the race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have already competed for the media spotlight in Cincinnati. One wonders why these men don't spend any time preaching the ridiculously easy-to-understand message that running from the police will get you in trouble, maybe even killed. Could it be that if fewer and fewer African-Americans make the mistake of fleeing the police, there'd be fewer rallies for Sharpton and Jackson to stage and fewer funerals to attend?

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