Dutch Police Training: Lessons From History

(10-13-2017, updated 07-11-2018) Respect For Authority: The Dutch Learned From WWII. The German occupation (1940-1945) was a watershed moment for us. Before discussing authoritarianism in America, I'll talk about authoritarianism and the police in the Netherlands,  so you understand where I'm coning from. And I'll describe 1980s Dutch police training, which focused more on de-escalation training than on using force.

Georgetown Cop Trips Up People on the Field After a Soccer Match

(04-30-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  He got suspended, and one person said "He should have used better judgement." America, when are you going to get angry? Have you seen this video of a Georgetown cop at a high school football game?Georgetown is a smaller town north of Austin.

How to Deal with American Authoritarianism When Crossing Internal Checkpoints as an Alien

(05-08-2013, updated 07-15-2018)  Are you and American citizen? Hmm, let me think... Earlier I was mad about the liberties police take daily in regular, non-threatening situations, and  that nobody has a problem with it. Not enough to say anything. Americans and your endless respect for authority! This, of course, is not completely true. The Rio Grande Valley borders on Mexico in southern Texas.

“That’s just the way it is. You don’t ever talk back to a cop”

(05-06-2013, updated 07-15-2018)   Reese and the police: this country is a police state and nobody seems to notice. Last week Reese Witherspoon's husband was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Bad. Badbadbadbadbad. You get no argument from me there. But Reese was arrested, too. Why? She got out of her car! That's not all. When the cop ordered her back in the car, she told him she had a right to stand on American soil. Gasp! The horror!