Don`t show the them Chris Rock`s famous video, How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By the Police,
as the Associated Press reports
that Florida`s Juvenile Justice Secretary Anthony Schembri , did.
As a result, six black lawmakers are calling for his removal.
Rock`s video, a spoof of a driver training video, makes the point that many confrontations with police are not caused by racism, they`re caused by stupidity or criminal behavior on the part of the suspect. He even goes so far as to say that Rodney King
should have stopped his car, rather than speeding away at 110 MPH.
You can see the video here
, or try this direct link in AVI
format. [Strong language, don`t play it out loud at work]
"Schembri`s spokesman, Tom Denham, said it was shown as part of a discussion on racial profiling and Schembri previously used it when teaching college courses to stimulate discussions."
And of course, it`s, somewhat predictably, stimulated discussion about his losing his job, for "Speaking truth to power."
By the way, Rock`s advice is all addressed to the driver of the car, in a traffic stop. "When you see flashing police lights in your mirror, stop immediately. Everybody knows if the police have to come and get you, they`re bringing an ass-kickin` with them."
Passengers should consider asking, before they go for a ride, "Is this car stolen? Are you planning to drive at 100, 120, 130, or any other three digit numbers? Are you drunk?" I can tell you, this happened to me, 25 years ago in Daytona, (the car was a rental, but the other factors applied) and the guy I was riding with did get his ass kicked. (Everyone involved was white.)