If you’d like to know how to survive a police encounter, your best bet may be to take notes from New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
During a traffic stop last week in Connecticut, local officers pulled their guns on Cashman, 52, after mistaking him for a car thief.
But during the altercation that followed, nobody wound up being thrown to the ground, shot dead or even placed in cuffs. And some suspect that the reason why had nothing to do with Cashman’s race but everything to do with his calm, cool, and collected demeanor.
Watch the encounter below:
Notice how he promptly began following the officers’ orders as the altercation began and they demanded that he put his hands out the window, open the car door, step out the vehicle, turn away the other direction, and then walk backwards toward them.
Not once did he argue and kvetch belligerently about his alleged right to resist police orders. Instead he complied with every order with the choreographic skills of a professional dancer, as noted Friday by one of the co-hosts on FNC’s “The Five.”
“What I loved about that was the choreography,” fill-in co-host Emily Compagno opined. “I mean, he was remarkably calm in the face of them being like ‘then kickball change, and then turn around,’ I was like, gosh, that would be hard to comply with if a gun was pointed to the back of your head.”
This line of thinking upset fellow co-host Juan Williams, a man who’s previously been accused of being a racial grievance monger.
“Well, that’s the problem isn’t it?” he yelped in exasperation. “Why do they have to point a gun at you? I don’t get it. If he was a minority, I imagine people would be freaking out.”
What Williams apparently didn’t realize when he said that was that he’d just proven a point that his conservative co-hosts have been making for years now.
“You’re right, you’re right, you said it! Oh my God, he said it!” co-host Greg Gutfeld yelled in jubilation.
“They treated them the same! Juan!” fellow co-host Jesse Watters chimed in. “Everybody gets that treatment. It’s a stolen car.”
“They did it to a white person!” Gutfeld added.
Source: Fox News
Cashman had reported his Jeep Wrangler stolen during the weekend of Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, according to Sports Illustrated. Before the week ended, however, the car was found in the Bronx by New York Police Department officers and returned to him.
The problem is that the officers forgot to remove the car from their stolen vehicles list. And so after officers in Connecticut pulled him over a couple days later for a traffic violation and ran his license plate through their database, they were told the car was still missing.
It was a mistake, but critics argue that mistakes happen — and that despite allegations from congressional Democrats, the liberal mainstream media, and professional racial grievance mongers, such mistakes aren’t rooted in racism. Nor are the consequences of said mistakes, the critics say.
In this case, the consequences were that Cashman was held at gunpoint. Had he not complied and followed orders, the situation may have turned out very differently. In fact, it often does when suspects refuse to comply. In some cases, these same suspects wind up dead. According to those like Williams, the blame for such deaths lies with the police.
“I’m saying don’t treat people like that,” he said as the discussion on “The Five” continued, his point being that the cops shouldn’t have pointed their guns at Cashman.
Watters wasn’t a bit convinced.
“If that’s my car that’s stolen, I want the cops pointing their guns,” he said.
“If that was you, I would say don’t point a gun,” Williams replied.
But the argument could be made that he only said that because he knows Watters well. But what if the cops were dealing with a stranger? What if that stranger were armed? What if that stranger really was a car thief? These are the sorts of potentially life-and-death questions that officers on the job must wrest with daily.
Concluding the discussion on “The Five,” Gutfeld then brought it back to the race factor.
“I knew exactly what would happen,” he said. “If it had been a minority, CNN would have said look at the police doing this, again. They can’t do it with this story, so they didn’t do it.”
In fairness to CNN, at least it published an original report about the encounter. The Washington Post chose to run an Associated Press report that contained zero comments as of Saturday afternoon, suggesting that very few of the paper’s readers even saw the story. Meanwhile, The New York Times hadn’t published anything about the story at all.
Why such limited coverage? Likely because what happened to Cashman seems to negate the Democrat-concocted narrative that only blacks are hassled by the police — and that every time a black suspect winds up dead at the hands of the police, it’s because of racism.
Take a good look at how @Yankees GM Brian Cashman reacted after cops pulled him over and drew their guns. He totally complied and kept his hands up as he retreated. Thugs like Michael Brown, who shockingly continues to garner sympathy from Democrats today, did NOT comply!
— Sid Rosenberg (@sidrosenberg) August 15, 2019
Note he complied and did everything exactly as instructed. Didn’t talk back, shut up when the cops told him to. Didn’t argue and become belligerent.
— nycmanic83 (@nycmanic83) August 15, 2019
My son was recently pulled over for speeding. The officer came to the window, my son showed him respect and he got respect back.
Yes sir, no sir goes along way.
— ??❌Mia-aka-Conservative Grandma❌?? (@Chancesmia) August 15, 2019
Basic law enforcement procedures should be taught in school. Especially in cities where police are kept busy with “unruly teens”. Freeze means freeze. “Let me see your hands” doesn’t mean reach for your wallet.
— Lance Mannion (@elevated11810) August 15, 2019
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