NEVER CALL THE COPS. NEVER.
Police show up and decide since he’s standing there he must have been the murderer. They arrest him and charge him with with kidnapping and murder and other stuff. Bail is set over a million dollars, because, why not? The poor kid sits in jail over a month.
Now, the charges have been dropped and the dust has settled, but he’s still been royally fucked.
Google his name and you’ll see a mugshot and the news reports about his arrest. That doesn’t just go away. That’s out there forever.
The whole ‘incident’ is still on his record, and he’d need to work hard just to get it expunged.
Not to mention the fact that nothing can give him back the month he spent held in captivity.
And he can’t even sue. Why? Well, because they’re the cops.
"The opportunities for redress are limited in these situations," he said. "The law protects police officers. The theory is you don’t want to have police subject to lawsuits every time they do something.
Two things to learn from Lewis James Little’s unfortunate experience:
- Never ever call the cops. It will almost certainly make the situation worse. As Will Grigg has written (in regards to a case where a man was murdered by police trying to stop him from harming himself): “Police are under no legal obligation to help a citizen in trouble, and only in the most vanishingly rare circumstances do they face professional — let alone legal — consequences for abusing innocent people. There are individual police officers who, in defiance of all rational expectations, are inclined to help. People who are in trouble don’t have the luxury of assuming that such genuinely exceptional people would respond if the police are called to “help.” We should always assume that if police intervene, innocent people will be hurt — or killed.”
- As long as police are exempted from the normal rules which the rest of (non-state employee) citizens are bound by, they literally cannot be a force for justice and any just outcomes they seem to create in any instances will be purely the result of flukes.