I had a question asked about why you should not talk to police if you’ve done nothing wrong. While I agree there are times you should help the police, there are times you should keep your mouth shut.
You may think I’m anti-police, but nothing could be further from the truth. I respect the men who chose an occupation that does so much good nationwide and places them in danger daily. But with everything, there are good things and bad things. Police can be a great force for good, and a terrible force for bad. If you get the wrong cop, your life is over.
“WASHINGTON – Actions by police officers, including witness tampering, violent interrogations and falsifying evidence, account for majority of the misconduct that lead to wrongful convictions, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Registry of Exonerations that focused on the role police and prosecutors play in false convictions in the country. Researchers studied 2,400 convictions of defendants who were later found innocent over a 30-year period and found that 35% of these cases involved some type of misconduct by police. More than half – 54% – involved misconduct by both police and prosecutors. The findings by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project that collects data on wrongful convictions in the country, come as protests over racial injustice and police brutality engulfed many cities for several months…”
I can post a lot of examples of this, from a woman who agreed to a search and spend months in jail for spaghetti-o’s to a female cop who had the Tennessee record of DUI arrests – but many if not most of them were when she planted evidence, falsified reports, and lied about the result of Field Sobriety Tests. There may be as little as one bad cop per thousand, but look at the man or woman standing in your window during a traffic stop and tell me if this is a good cop, or a bad cop. You can not tell. There is no way TO tell. So what do you do? You do what sane people do.
You keep your mouth shut. Answer only questions related to the stop, keep your answers short, one or two words, and do NOT extrapolate. If the questions go beyond the scope of the stop, then clam up. If you are required to step out of your vehicle (this is a legal command, do not fight it) open the door a little, roll the windows up, then lock the car. If the cop asks you why, just say, “I might be here a while, and I’m securing my property, do you have a problem with that?” Do not get confrontational if you can help it, the cop is much better at confrontation that you are, and has the legal power to do anything he needs to to resolve the confrontation including escalating to the point you are dead. He will go home, drink a beer, get a couple of weeks paid leave, and then be back stopping people in under a month. You will still be dead. Ask the man who decided to throw a rock at the cop in South Daytona Florida. Well, you can’t, he is dead.
Police are force Personified. One of the founders, not sure I remember which one, said, “Police are a necessary evil.” This is a true statement. They are necessary, and they keep the peace, arrest those who violate the laws, and respond after you defend yourself from an attacker. But everything you say and do is evidence, and everything you say and do will be used against you. So you do nothing and say nothing and let a trained lawyer defend you.
Watch this video.