“There’s also no excuse for police using excessive force against peaceful protests, or to throw protestors in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights. And here in the United Sates of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people what they see on the ground. Let’s remember that we’re all part of one American family” — bullshit. “We are united in common values” — really? “And that includes belief in equality under the law” — nope. “Now’s the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done” — clearly.

Leaving aside the present ugliness, no one should misunderstand a simple fact about cops, which is that they deal with the worst aspects of human nature 24/7 and that the only way to deal with them when they’re angry and barking some kind of order is to chill and obey. Don’t run or argue or flip the bird. Just give in and show submission and that’ll be the end of it. The key is to make them feel placated so they’ll move on. You will always make it worse if you give them any kind of shit. You can’t improve the situation by going “why don’t you leave me the fuck alone?” Some people can’t seem to understand this.