Awesome Police Chief Works to Educate Citizens About Their Rights

Here's Columbia, MO Police Chief Ken Burton talking about how he uses the new Flex Your Rights video, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, to teach people about their rights during police encounters:


When we last saw Chief Burton's name in the press, he was taking tough questions after his officers performed a brutal botched SWAT raid in which two dogs where shot in front of a small child, and only a small amount of marijuana was found. He's since made favorable statements about marijuana reform and made it a priority to educate the public about constitutional rights.

I know I've praised him previously, but this interview really helped me appreciate Chief Burton's unique willingness to spread important knowledge that many police departments would never actively promote. This blog is frequently very critical of modern police practices, and I think it's really important to acknowledge committed public servants who set a strong example like this.

As many of you know, I am the co-creator of 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, so seeing it embraced by police departments and activists alike is quite exciting for me. If you're interested in screening the film in your community, it's pretty easy to do.

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