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Follow orders and you’ll probably live

2015-01-27T05:46:28+00:00

The New York Times’ resident racist columnist, Charles M. Blow, is upset that Yale campus police detained his son “Tahj,” a Yale student, during the search for a burglary suspect. The policeman held Tahj at gunpoint for a moment before he verified that Tahj was not the burglar they sought, and then let Tahj go. Later, police allegedly caught the real burglar in a nearby building and charged him with multiple felonies, although you cannot tell that from The Yale Daily News article, where the headline mentions an arrest but the article does not. (The article DOES explain why there is a burglary problem at Yale – because the students keep propping open the locked doors to their dorms, allowing anyone to get in. And Yale, located in New Haven, Connecticut, is surrounded by inner-city black neighborhoods, where crime is rampant.)

The policeman was justified in stopping a Tahj, a student, because Tahj seemed to fit the description of the burglar. Witnesses described the burglar as black, and so is Tahj. The burglaries took place in student dorms, frequented by students. So a policeman stopping a black student on suspicion of burglary is perfectly reasonable. If the officer drew his gun and pointed it at Tahj, obviously the officer felt it was necessary for his own safety. The fact that the officer did not shoot Tahj is due to the fact that Tahj followed the policeman’s orders without resistance. (Note that neither Michael Brown nor Eric Garner cooperated with police, which directly contributed to their deaths.)

The policeman did his job by investigating, Tahj did his job by cooperating, and everyone went home safely. Blow can be indignant about it, but the real problem is Blow’s incessant racism, not the actions of the Yale police.

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