This video is being passed around on some sites as an example of a Constitutionally informed man ‘owning’ the cops. In truth, the video is proof that a little knowledge is dangerous – and this black guy with a snake wrapped around his neck is dangerous!
This LAPD Sergeant at the Venice Boardwalk apparently cited the man because he didn’t have a license for the large snake he was parading around in public. I guess in Los Angeles you need a permit for this sort of thing. It’s probably just another way city officials can get more money from the public, but there’s a way of handling even that which doesn’t cause one to look like a fool while arguing with the cops.
The black guy declares, “I’m a sovereign king” and demands that the Sergeant produce identification to show who he is. He then tries to confound the cop on whether his detention is an arrest or not. The cop rightly points that what he’s doing, while certainly a detention, is not an arrest. The courts of have clearly defined what constitutes a detention and what is a lawful arrest – and they’re not quite the same. If it were, we could argue that a simple traffic stop (which involves a brief detention) is an arrest (which it isn’t). But numb-nuts with the snake who thinks he’s a lawyer doesn’t understand the law.
I’ve seen these types on more occasions than I can count. They sound persuasive to those who either don’t understand the issues or who have IQs lower than the man being cited. Trying to make sense of what he’s talking about is frustrating as arguing with the wind – “Fury and sound, signifying nothing.”
The Sergeant has enough sense not to engage him in a battle of wits because he knows the man can’t be reasoned with. As the old biblical adage goes, “Answer not a fool according to his folly.” The snake man is not about reasoned dialogue between two people who actually try to listen to each other’s viewpoints. No, he’s about drawing attention to himself, using sophisticated words of which he has little historical understanding, and hoping he’ll persuade enough people standing around to give a boost to his ego. Blacks, especially, are great at this kind of thing.
If you could ever get them in a formal and civilized debate forum where they wouldn’t be allowed to continually interrupt their opponent and where what they espouse would be intellectually dissected, they wouldn’t stand a chance. These kind of people are skilled at throwing out endless questions and talking fast while they baffle others with their bullshit. But when you slow them down and start probing their ideas, you quickly discover that they’re nothing more than pseudo-intellectuals.