originally posted by: Honcho
Interacting with a cop isn't very hard to do. People are so afraid, and hate to deal with the cops. But all you need to do is be truthful and
respectful. Getting up tight and whinging that you were pulled over, or questioned for no reason doesn't help your cause one bit. Give them the
information they need, and answer their questions the best you can. It's that simple.
Cops have to deal with lying morons and degenerates on a daily basis. If you actually act civilized with them, they won't have a problem with you.
And if their in a good mood that day, they may even let you go if they caught you committing a minor infraction.
Until about 8 years ago I would have agreed with you. It was about then that I began encountering cops who, for no reason whatsoever, began to
exhibit the bully attitude, the "in-your-face-yelling" attitude with bugging eyes. From 1979 to 2006 I drove all over the US without any
interaction with police except a couple of times being stopped for having a dead headlamp. On both those occasions the officer was courteous, simply
advising me that my headlight wasn't working and I should get it fixed. No problems---ever.
Then, about 2006, something changed, I'm not sure what but in that time period I have been stopped numerous times, with reasons ranging from "you
look like somebody we're looking for" (he had seen the back of my head, the part that shows above the headrest) "someone who just had their license
suspended at the courthouse. Where have you been?" Now, I had just handed the guy my license....sooooo....you'd think he would take his hand off
his gun, hand me my paperwork and say, "Sorry to have bothered you." Noooooo. He ordered me out of the vehicle to stand on the side of the street
until he could "run" my paperwork. At no time was I hostile, I was perplexed. I answered his questions respectfully, but I go NO respect back. I
finally asked him to please just call the county executive because I had just left a 30 minute meeting with him at the courthouse. He went back to
his car, fiddled about a bit then came back and ordered me back into my vehicle and "Be on your way."
From that time on, the stops have escalated and the officers have become more aggressive in speech and manner. I even made a thread on this site
about it. (www.abovetopsecret.com...
) Having interacted with several officers about the issue of our seat belt law, I
never expected to be threatened with jail for not wearing one in a car to which the law did not apply. Simply trying to explain in a civil and
reasonable manner to the young punk that the law he was attempting to enforce did not apply to my vehicle simply made him angrier and more
I'm a 60 year old female, no arrests, no warrants, no criminal record of any kind. I weigh maybe 120 pounds if I'm soaking wet, no threat to
anyone---ever. But I do know my rights and when someone threatens to violate those rights I will point it out to them in a civil and polite manner.
The fact that I was always civil, never disrespectful, made no difference to these thugs with badges and guns.
But as you can see if you read my thread referenced above, I didn't just get on the internet and whine, I complained to their bosses. I put my
complaints in writing. I complained to the county attorney and the judge so that they would be aware that abuse is out there---and sometimes it IS
directed at innocent people. In each case I did exactly what I had always been advised to do, speak civilly and be clear and respectful and whereas,
that had always earned me a response of "My mistake m'am, sorry to have bothered you. Have a good day." in the past, for the past few years that
same behavior on my part has gotten me reactions from one officer putting her hand on her weapon and telling me, "The seat belt law is a federal law,
I'm just doing what the federal government told me to do." (this from a city cop) to threats of jail.
So, NO, don't tell me to bow down and scrape for them and everything will be okay. It's not my fault that they decided to do that job and deal with
bad people who make them grumpy. If they can't act like a decent human being he/she needs to change jobs.
I have a friend whose father worked in a "super-max" prison in Eddyville, KY. It contained some of the baddest of the bad and yet he never had to
use deadly force on a single prisoner. If prison guards can handle the bad guys without guns, why can't cops on the street?