10 rules for dealing with the police

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    1. Always be calm and cool: a bad attitude guarantees a bad outcome.

    2. Remain silent: what you don't say can't hurt you.

    3. You have the right to refuse searches: saying no to searches can't be held against you.

    4. Don't get tricked: remember, police are allowed to lie to you.

    5. Determine if you're free to go: police need evidence to detain you.

    6. Don't expose yourself: doing dumb stuff in public makes you an easy target.

    7. Don't run: they'll catch you and make you regret it.

    8. Never touch a cop: aggressive actions will only earn you a more aggressive response.

    9. Report misconduct: be a good witness.

    10. You don't have to let them in: police need a warrant to enter your home

    10 Ways to Outfox Cops That Are Abusing Their Powers to Trick You | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

    very good article on what the police can do and cant do and how to avoid being a victim
     
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    Alternatively, don't break the law.
     
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    I learned this one the hard way..hoooboy.
     
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    No 5 is very important. Police rely heavily upon the "consensual encounter," where they walk up to a person on the street or in a parked car. It always starts out the same way: "Hi, how ya doin' tonight?" Very quickly, though, it advances to: "You have anything illegal on your person or in your car?" And it goes downhill from there (for you).

    Your response to the initial, "Hi, how ya doin' tonight?", should be: "Just fine, officer. And now, if you will excuse me, I will be on my way." And you promptly proceed to GO on your way. If the friendly officer says WORD ONE to you after that, your next statement should be:
    "Officer, am I free to leave or am I being detained?" You can't lose that one. If you are free to leave, you are free to leave - and should. If you are not free to leave, then you are being detained, and there can be no further conversation absent a Miranda warning. If that's the case, do not waive your Miranda rights and refuse to talk to the officer. If he detains you and does not give your Miranda rights, don't talk to him anyway.
     
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    Good advice.
     
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    These rules could be summed up in one;
    Treat policemen like you want to be treated while you do your job.
     
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    o the rules are important and may keep one from being on the wrong side of the long arm of the law
     
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    9. Report misconduct: be a good witness.

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    Always be polite.
     
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    I see. If I have nothing to hide, then I have nothing to fear from a police officer.

    Memo to California Girl: Would that it worked that way. Unfortunately, it doesn't. Police detain and question innocent people all the time - and if you are innocent, but happen to fit the description of someone they are looking for, or if they think you are guilty of something for any reason, then you had better know how to protect yourself, even if you are innocent.

    Contrary to what you would like to think, the cops don't always play fair.
     
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