People are horrified that state trooper Captain George Brown gave this advice to Oklahoman women on how to escape rape by cop.
He gave this advice after three Oklahoma cops were busted for committing sexual assault while on duty.
From the Huffington Post:
In response to the arrests of three law enforcement officials in Oklahoma for sexually assaulting women while on the job, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper told women they can avoid getting raped by a cop if they simply follow traffic laws.
Raw Story first pointed out on Tuesday that Capt. George Brown, a state trooper, shared a few tips for women in an interview with local NBC News affiliate KJRH. Brown told the KJRH anchor that women can keep their car doors locked and speak through a cracked window if a trooper approaches them. If the trooper asks a woman to get out of the car, Brown said, she can ask “in a polite way” why he wants her to do that.
But the “best tip that he can give,” the anchor said on air of his interview with Brown, “is to follow the law in the first place so you don’t get pulled over.”
In the past month, a Tulsa County Deputy, an OHP trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer have all been charged with repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting women while on the job.
While the advice is horrifying, we should think about what happened. Notice in the video above that we don’t see Brown giving that advice in a video-recorded segment. Rather, the news anchorwoman summarizes his advice. So, as far as we can tell, she didn’t think it was insulting and degrading.
What this tells me is that Americans, not just the police but everyone, have a really hard time even imagining that our institutions are untrustworthy and dangerous. Somehow, the fault must always lie, to some extent, with the victims.
What Brown should have done is simply assure viewers that those police officers were going to be fully prosecuted and massively punished. He should have assured us there will be an investigation into how the police recruit and screen candidates. But even that is not enough.
Notice that we have here a trooper giving advice to women on how to avoid crime in a situation where they have no recourse to “call the police.” They already have the police and the police officer is the potential threat!
As the commenter in the video above pointed out, his advice doesn’t make any sense. If a cop is ready to rape a woman he is not going to have any problem pulling her over for a false reason. Obeying the traffic laws will not keep you safe. You never know when you might pay the price of DWF (Driving While Female).
Notice the irony though: ultimately the advice is that your best bet to stay safe from crime is to try to limit your interactions with law enforcement as much as possible.
What should the state trooper have said? He should have told everyone that they must drive now with two safety tools. The first is a device for video-recording every instant of one’s encounter with the police.
The second tool is a firearm. A woman should have the option of blowing a cop’s brains out if he tries to rape her.
Yes, I said that. It is the most obvious thing in the world. And when you try to pretend it is not rational, you are driven to the ethical wasteland of recommending that women make sure they drive right so as to avoid rape.
Which of us is crazy?