But what could law-enforcement authorities counter to Dodson’s call for alliance? No extralegal assaults against the rights of blacks or gays have ever been a part of official department policy. They have just been open secrets. On the contrary, all state and federal law-enforcement authorities have sworn to uphold the rights of all citizens equally for at least the past one hundred years. There is certainly no police officer alive today who did not swear an oath to protect all people no matter their race, color, or creed. And so, by the letter of the law, B.I. Dodson had sort of backed the Huntsville PD into a corner. While defiantly presenting his twice-oppressed intersectionality, he publicly partnered with his local peace officers before they even had a chance to neglect his interests:
You don’t have to come and confess,
We’re looking for you
We’re gonna find you, we’re gonna find you
First of all, check out B.I. Dodson’s seizing control of police procedure. There might have been seargents in the Huntsville area who would have preferred the Intruder turn himself in. But B.I. Dodson was like, “Nah.” There was no need. According to B.I. Dodson, the detectives at the department were so skilled that it was just a matter of time. Second of all, We? Was B.I. Dodson really intending to interview witnesses, follow leads, go on stakeouts? It sure sounds like it, but I doubt it. More like, B.I. Dodson had so much confidence in law enforcement that he was fully buying into their commitment to be agents of the public good, doing the work that B.I. Dodson himself would have done had he been trained in forensics or investigative techniques.
So you can run and tell that, homeboy
B.I. Dodson is so confident that the Intruder will be caught that he is here telling the Intruder that he had best get his affairs in order. First, B.I. Dodson is saying, you should admit to yourself that you will soon be caught. Abandon all hope that the police will falter in their investigation, it is not going to happen. Next, if you were smart, you would start informing friends and loved ones that you were about to go away for a long time. Maybe do not go to the street corner and announce it, but just get your people used to the idea of your absence.
We got your T-shirt and your fingerprints and all
You are so dumb
You are really dumb, for real
You are really really really really so dumb
Do you not remember that you left your T-shirt here? Have you not ever watched any of those television detective shows? They can find out who you are by those things. And did you not even think to wear gloves? Everyone knows about gloves. You are not smart, Bedroom Intruder, and that is why our local law-enforcement authorities and I, together, are going to find you. You should really consider this. You are not smart, Intruder. I could not be more confident about your lack of intelligence.
I was attacked by some idiot in the projects.
My sister agrees. You should not have even tried something like this. Your lack of intelligence will be your undoing.
5’9’ or 5’10” coffee complexion, low-cut like a Caesar, clean-cut, very smooth face
Here B.I. Dodson has already begun the investigation. He has invested himself with the authority to go ahead and give out the details of the suspect to the public, so that if anyone has seen the Intruder they can call B.I. Dodson himself. Or the police. Whichever.
When I walked in, he had his hands around her neck.
First thing was to pull him off of her, and that’s what I did
And here is the crux of the story. Because here B.I. Dodson is doing what any brother, what any person, would do when they saw a female being attacked. And this is a necessary intervention because nobody would have to tell Dodson about the preponderance of violence against black women this nation has seen. If Dodson had any lived experience in primarily black spaces, he would not have been surprised at seeing his sister victimized so. And his inherent bravery is captured in the few moments after he sees the attacker. He knew that before you did anything else, you had to prevent the immediate harm that was taking place. Here he again proves that he should not only partner with, but perhaps even lead police in this investigation. Just in that moment, B.I. Dodson performed his First Act of Heroic Defiance, putting himself in harm’s way in defense of the helpless.