New Jersey Passes Bill Requiring Schools To Teach Kids How To Interact With Cops

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The state Assembly of New Jersey passed a bill on Thursday that would require K-12 students to be taught how to interact with police officers “in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect.” Although the Senate still needs to take action for the bill to become a law, it had an overwhelming amount of support in the assembly; passing 76-0.

The bill is aimed at “teaching” kids how to own responsibility for not interacting in a proper manner when a police officer demands compliance and mandates that school districts begin teaching kids how to talk to law-enforcement officers. Schools will be forced to begin this new indoctrination program starting in kindergarten, and the “instruction” would continue as part of the social studies curriculum all the way through grade 12. The bill is facing harsh blowback from not only the minority community but those skeptical of police actions.

Because the bill originally put all the burden on children to learn to respect cops, it was altered to include a segment about rights. The amended version of the bill now includes a directive that children also must be taught about “an individual’s rights under [the] law in interacting with a law enforcement official.” Of course, it says nothing about children disobeying immoral actions and still places the burden on the civilian.

Activists have a right to be skeptical. If the bill clears the Senate, the schools will begin brainwashing New Jersey children in 2018.

“This legislation does not empower young people, especially those living in brown and black communities,” New Jersey-based teacher and activist Zellie Imani told [NBC News]. “Instead, it empowers law enforcement by allowing them to continue to evade accountability for abuse and misconduct while forcing the burden on the public.

However, the bill’s primary sponsor, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, insists that it is about preparing kids. “This is a lesson many parents already teach to their children,” Oliver said, referring to police interaction. “Making it part of the school curriculum is the next logical step.” –The Root

Most could not agree more with Imani’s statement. And Oliver is grossly mistaken if she thinks children are taught outright compliance regardless of the orders given to them by police. Many teach their children morals, and those children are free thinking individuals who likely won’t just follow orders (does anyone remember Nazi Germany?), unlike police.

The civil rights movement in the United States had its turning point when Martin Luther King, Jr., defied a court order because laws discriminating against blacks were considered to be immoral and unconstitutional. In his account of the civil rights campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, King “speaks of a court injunction obtained by the city administration on April 10, 1963, directing that demonstrations be halted until the right to such activities might be argued in court. Dr. King continues: ‘Two days later, we did an audacious thing, something we had never done in any other crusade. We disobeyed a court order.’” –American Vision

Of course, that’s not all. What’s concerning activists further is a 2016 report by from Washington, D.C.-based Sentencing Project found that New Jersey has the widest disparity between the incarceration rate of black men and white men. “The Garden State puts black residents behind bars at 12 times the rate of white residents,” summarizes, “though [the report] noted that gap is expected to shrink thanks to recent changes to New Jersey’s sentencing laws.”

The online blog Blavity also took issue with the bill: “One could argue that the example of young Tamir Rice, who was a school child with zero time to engage with the police before being gunned down or Philando Castile, a registered gun owner and law abiding citizen being killed in his car without provocation, suggests that it may not be the citizens who have an issue when engaging with the police.” –TruthDig

“Should we be teaching kids how to interact peacefully with police, or should we be teaching police how to interact peacefully with civilians?” the ACLU of New Jersey asked in a Facebook post. “ACLU-NJ’s Portia Allen-Kyle points out that the answer is not one or the other. “The best option: offer more instruction to law enforcement officers. But in lieu of that, teaching kids about their rights is better than not preparing them at all, because when you know your rights, you’re more likely to know when those rights have been violated.” The ACLU of New Jersey is keeping close tabs on this bill and similar pieces of legislation in the state. “Placing the onus on individuals,” Allen-Kyle told NBC News, “whether it be students or drivers, to take responsibility for their safety during police interactions is, frankly, ridiculous.”

“Thin Blue Line” backers and police are reveling in the potential passage of this law because it places the burden for police misconduct on the public. But skeptics of the law seem to be rooted more in the reality of the current state of affairs.

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  • David E

    Misleading headline, loogie. The bill hasn’t been passed by “New Jersey” yet. The senate still needs to pass it, and then the governor has to sign it. Only the Assembly has passed it.

    With the focus on fake news these days, it is incredibly important that alternative media get it right. Don’t give the MSM and TPTSB ammunition.

    • SP_88

      The story gets it right, but the headline is misleading. I don’t think it’s an attempt to lie to people as much as it’s trying to generate web traffic. I think click bait is more accurate.
      And your right, the alternative media needs to get it right, there’s no need to give the MSM any ammunition to use against us.

  • JP

    Unless Shawn Thomas is teaching the class then it will just be an indoctrination of top down order following and blind obedience.

  • juskom95

    This is going to be an ‘Obedience Class,’ and nothing more. This is not the first time this has been attempted, though the first time through legislation. Schools have routinely taught students to “OBEY POLICE NO MATTER WHAT,” and that citizens have no rights.

  • Lewie Paine

    “…mutual cooperation and respect” is not possible in a master/slave relation.

    Mutual cooperation and respect is only possible among equals.

  • Just a patriot

    This is just more slave training, the best way to deal with the police is to stay away from them. They should also show the differences between police 20 years ago and now. I wonder if they will include a section on the militarization of our civil police force. Unfortunately they are no longer looking out for the common people but instead are buffers for those in power. They have become just revenue enhancers for the city and state, enforcing polices not law. The civilians will be the one’s who pay in the end unless we stop there Federal training, arming and quit cooperating with them. They are just a tool being used by the power’s that shouldn’t be. Im by no way saying all police are bad, yet with the rampant corruption in department’s and lack of following their oath it’s hard to say they are the good guy’s. The police have been dumbed down like our general population, if you score to high on the police test you will be disqualified. Police need to wake up as to what is rapidly approaching and choose to serve the people there supposed to represent or stand with there elite masters. Teach your children the benefits of personal responsibility and our liberty’s. Explain to them what the role of the police truly is. Explain to them that they don’t have to cooperate and the benefits of pleading the 5th. Explain to them about the 4th amendment and what it entails otherwise they will be in trouble as the state propaganda is being pushed constantly. Molon labe

  • jimmy joe

    Welcoming students to the police state in which we live and how to talk to them, eh??

  • Right to the Point

    Can we say, “Hitler Youth” boys and girls?

  • Kendoaz

    Lawmakers are finally doing something that is smart, as people have no idea what to do when the lights start flashing behind you. 9 times out of 10, if you are respectful and don’t lie, you will leave the scene with a warning. Depending on the crime of course.

  • CeeLeeRose

    Trainin em up on the correct way to interact with policy enforcers?!

    “Now kiddies, make sure to never exercise the rights you no longer have & always present your neck for their boots in the correct, acceptable fashion”

  • NonYo Business

    Step 1: Hide your drugs and weapons.
    Step 2: Advise the officer you do not answer questions.
    Step 3: Prison.
    Step 4: Rape.

  • renee ciccioni

    They need to be teaching respect is earned not demanded and the old rule of thumb treat others the way you want to be treated ,especially to those in positions of authority .

  • Phil_Ossifer

    How about a law that says all cops have to undergo periodic training in how to properly interact with mundanes? Right now, they treat the homie slinging rock on the corner and the middle-aged housewife the same way – “I AM the law! You WILL respect my authoritah! Down on the ground, scumbag!” This one-size-fits-all approach only serves to antagonize the people who pay the salaries of the police.

  • weewilliewacko

    Hear’s how to interact with today’s black-dressed Police;
    Protect yourselves with the Second Amendment, because THEY WON’T!!

  • democrat CockRoach

    When my son was 10 the local cops jumped over a wall in full SWAT gear because a group of 10-year old’s were playing in an empty lot. That’s all the interaction I need. Even worse, it doesn’t end there. It just goes ON and ON and then couple that with the liberal schoolteachers and you have pure hell.

  • mrelvistoyou

    Require both kids and cops take the courses – maybe some of them together – get to know each other in a class room.