In his new e-book, “The Police Are Not Your Pals,” Thomas B. Fitzgerald walks readers via the letter of the regulation and the chilly actuality of police energy whereas providing essential recommendation on the way to negotiate police encounters safely and in a approach that greatest positions them for no matter authorized motion would possibly comply with.
Fitzgerald writes from expertise. A profitable software program engineer by commerce, he as soon as spent months combating an arrest stemming from an officer’s insistence that he had made an improper lane change. His victory in that case, and his happier interactions with police, impressed Fitzgerald to review the connection between civilians and police in a transparent, sensible mild.
“It’s vital to keep in mind that any police officer has a really particular agenda,” he displays, “and it doesn’t embrace deciding straight away who’s proper and who’s improper. That’s for the courts to determine. Police are there to evaluate and neutralize threats, not to decide on sides. That’s why I known as my e-book ‘The Police Are Not Your Pals,’ out of respect for the priorities of everybody concerned in a police encounter.”
Police are additionally human, notes Fitzgerald. “The officer who pulled me over for a lane change violation was after one thing extra. I’m not a lot of a drinker, and I hadn’t had a drop of alcohol that night, however I used to be instantly challenged with a breathalyzer. It seems that the identical cop set a departmental document that day for DUI arrests.
“The police typically get it improper, and so they typically work towards objectives past simply defending and serving the neighborhood. That makes it all of the extra vital to know your rights and particularly the way to train them within the warmth of the second when confronted by aggressive police actions.”
Even the wisest and fairest-minded police can discover themselves making selections primarily based on defective data. Fitzgerald is aware of all about that angle, too. As an energetic member of Girls In opposition to False Accusations, he seeks to cut back the incidence of false accusations, permitting police to work extra successfully—and extra importantly, permitting legitimate prison complaints to be filed extra safely, heard extra fully, and trusted extra implicitly. WAFA is a subset of the Nationwide Coalition for Males, a bunch of women and men dedicated to ending dangerous discrimination and stereotypes in opposition to boys, males, their households, and the ladies who love them.
“The Police Are Not Your Pals” is out there in paperback and Kindle format via Amazon. To be taught extra in regards to the e-book, or about his different work towards serving to us all negotiate police encounters extra fruitfully, please contact the writer.