posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 10:34 PM
This is an interesting question that I've never really heard anyone ask out loud (lol). Like many have said, without eyewitnesses who can see the
aggressor was not you, you are going to have a difficult time. Depending on what they are doing to you, I have a couple of suggestions:
1. In the rare case that you are the victim of an unexpected and unwarranted assault by a police officer, try to make a mental note of anyone who is
in the vicinity. Even if you don't see a witness, there could be one within hearing distance whose attention you could draw. Either way, raise your
voice and make repeated shouts of one or more of the following (or your own variation thereof), it might sound stupid, but you are actually laying the
groundwork for your defense against any false reports made by the officer and you are attracting attention of potential witnesses who can help you.
It is very, very bad when someone who is being arrested is heard pleading for help as opposed to cursing out the cops and screaming threats.
1. "Help! Please stop officer . . . I'm not resisting!"
2. "Why are you hitting me? I'm not fighting you!"
3. "I don't have any weapons! Stop hitting me!"
Overall, the best thing to do is to keep yelling for help and to keep repeating that you're not resisting. If you are, indeed, arrested and beat
up, once you are taken into custody, immediately request to speak to the Watch Commander. Explain you have been assaulted unjustly and want to file a
formal complaint. It is best to make these requests right away because it gives more credibility to your story, as opposed to it being some excuse
you come up with down the road that sounds more like a lame attempt to excuse any crime you committed.
No matter what happens, follow through with filing a complaint with the police dept. Internal affairs will have to do an investigation and despite
what many think, they are not usually inclined to just kiss things off to help their fellow officers.
If you are injured in the assault, be sure to take photos of your injuries as soon as you can. Better yet, if the arresting officer doesn't
photograph your injuries, request that photos be taken by an officer or evidence technician. They will then have to be filed into evidence. However,
take your OWN photos as well and keep them for later if you need them.
IN THE CASE WHERE YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING ASSAULTED to the point your life is hanging in the balance, there is no reason why you shouldn't fight like
hell to save yourself. There is no law that says a cop can just beat you senseless because he feels like it. That is "abuse under the color of
authority" and, essentially, it is no different than a common thug victimizing you on the street (which you would, indeed, have every right to defend
These are just my own viewpoints, someone else may see a flaw in them, which I hope they point out because I think this is a good question that
deserves some valid and well-thought answers. It's a really volatile situation where you are never going to be at an advantage, IMO, so you have to
think fast and rationally.
[edit on 16-4-2010 by NightGypsy]