Great post Steve!
As a former LEO, I'd like to offer the following as food for thought:
1) Most of us will be professional
2) Were all humans, and some of us still have compassion for others
3) We also have bad days, and some of us unfairly take it out on others
With those things in mind, the following tips may be beneficial:
-Deep down we want to be professional, don't make it personal with us (by for instance saying: "I hope your mother xxxx xx xxxx" to us. Yes someone
actually said that to me before.)
-Politely but respectfully refuse to allow a search of your car or person.
-Do not make any admissions of guilt, ask for a lawyer if asked specific questions about knowledge of, or participation in a crime.
-Do ask if you are being detained or are free to go at any point during questioning
-If you're about to be arrested, don't try to talk your way out of it. Lawyer up and remain silent.
-Preferably don't do anything illegal, then you won't have to worry about most things (corrupt cops planting evidence aside)
-Know your rights and use them
-If you're being illegally searched, remember every detail possible. Don't resist, it'll just provoke the already abusive officer
A note on corrupt cops and illegal searches: I am in no way condoning this or saying you should allow your rights to be violated. I say this because,
as we've seen in Albuquerque where officers were charged with murder, police do sometimes illegally kill people. For your own safety, I'd just
cooperate to the best of your ability and remember all the details. IA people take allegations very seriously, and you will have your chance to stand
up for your rights. Just wouldn't want to see some monster (literally the 1 in 1,000,000) hurt someone resisting their "almighty" authority.
Be safe out there, and remember most cops aren't the evil people shown on a TV. Most of them are normal, compasionate humans. With lives and
feelings just like you. A little kindness goes a long way...on both ends!
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