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  •  The proper response to someone who is making (4+ / 0-)

    excessive noise on a train is to be ticketed for making excessive noise.

    The proper response is not to grab a hold of a person, drag them off or throw them to the ground.  

    It is that simple. Period.

    If I make excessive noise in my front yard, the police can come give me a ticket.  They cannot body slam me, punch me or lay a hand on me in any way if I am sitting in a chair in my front yard and not physically confronting them.

    Force is not permitted to make some one comply.  Force is only permitted when someone attacks an officer or is needed to subdue a suspect who refuses to submit to being arrested, handcuffed, etc.

    It doesn't matter if you are tired or not.  The proper response is to give the little old lady a ticket.  And, I'd argue, that should be done only after she's been given three clear warnings.

    A train is not a prison camp.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:00:50 PM PST

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