New Book Drastically Changed National Debate On Race and Police

East Haven profiling scandal goes worldwide

Once again, an old issue has resurfaced in American society that seems to rekindle old anxieties of racial disparity. Good friend of President Barak Obama, Henry Louis Gates, was not immune from it. Celebrities have not been immune to it.

The story ran either whole or in edited form in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, the Philadelphia Daily News, Gawker, the Huffington Post and Great Britain’s second-largest newspaper, among others.

In A Black Man’s Guide To Law Enforcement In America, Lesson 3: Street Lawyer Using Proper Etiquette When You are Speaking to Police, author Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur writes, “if a citizen became loud and rowdy with the officer, it will most likely lead to the officer arresting the citizen for disorderly conduct or interfering with a police investigation.” Abdussabur goes on to write. “Remember, in most cases, you will come out fine during almost any non-felony-related stop as long as you are courteous and polite.  Don’t try to be cute or a smart mouth, even if your parent or relative is a police officer, or your father is the Chief of Police, or you are the Mayor’s son.  The bottom line is during a police investigation, the officer on scene will decide your fate based on his/her discretion and that will not be reviewed until a court date.  By that time, you already will have been arrested, pepper sprayed or tasered, some of you need to leave all of the homemade “street lawyer” debate for home or after the stop.” Such was the case with the locked out of the house homeowner and well-educated Henry Louis Gates.

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Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and retired law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.

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