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In 'The Black Rule,' author details how to interact with police

Caleb James
September 26, 2017 06:04 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Protests of the national anthem are fueling a countrywide debate. It began last NFL season when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the song as a response to police violence.

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It has stirred debate over police interaction with minorities.

A Rio Rancho man actually wrote a step-by-step guide to interacting with police officers. It's called "The Black Rule."

"When I grew up in the Bronx, the Bronx was 'the Bronx,'" said the book's author, Tize Clark.

Clark said he's sold 9,000 copies of his "The Black Rule," a step-by-step guide for interacting with police. Some tips are more obvious than others, such as "Do not push an officer. Do not spit on an officer."

Other chapters are more nuanced: "Inhale deeply through your nostrils. Exhale from your mouth and open your eyes."

"African Americans have to be doubly sensitive, but it's talking about every single race," Clark said. "There's no one race in here."

Clark said the point of his guide is not to take sides in the debate, but to offer curated tips from interviews with law enforcement and activists to form an objective guide.

"The person who's interacting with police has to behave in a civil manner, but police are obligated under our Constitution to follow certain rules and we have to make sure that happens as well," said ACLU New Mexico policy director Steve Allen.

Allen said he doesn't object to guides like "The Black Rule." Allen's organization produces a "Know Your Rights" pamphlet for citizen interactions with police.

Knowledge is power, Allen said, but there is also an established pattern of racism in law enforcement that cannot be ignored. 

"But it's very important that we do what we can to keep ourselves safe, while at the same time we push our law enforcement departments to do better and follow the constitution, and to not engage in the bias-based policing we see far too often in this country,"  Allen said. 

The ACLU also has a website titled "Know Your Rights." Click here for more.

For more about the author of 'The Black Rule,' Tize Clark, click here.

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