And so you excuse the behavior of black young men that don't follow these 10 simple rules. Here is what most logical, rational sane people do when confronted by cops. 10 Rules of Survival if Stopped by the Police 1. Be polite and respectful when stopped by the police. Keep your mouth closed. 2. Remember that your goal is to get home safely. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you and your parents have the right to file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction. 3. Don’t, under any circumstance, get into an argument with the police. 4. Always remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in court. 5. Keep your hands in plain sight and make sure the police can see your hands at all times. 6. Avoid physical contact with the police. No sudden movements, and keep hands out of your pockets. 7. Do not run, even if you are afraid of the police. 8. Even if you believe that you are innocent, do not resist arrest. 9. Don’t make any statements about the incident until you are able to meet with a lawyer or public defender. 10. Stay calm and remain in control. Watch your words, body language and emotions. 10 Rules of Survival if Stopped by the Police | Talk Back | PBS If you spent more time telling young black men these simple considerate and respectful rules maybe there would be less deaths.