1. You’re stopped by the police (Particularly the NYPD)
Turn stereo volume down…better yet, turn it off completely
Keep your hands on the steering wheel in plain view
Don’t make direct eye contact with the officer unless he asks you to do so
If you have weapons in the car, tell him immediately
If you’re on your cell phone and you’re nervous lay it down but do not continue holding it to your eye and talking on it
Don’t make any sudden moves
After he asks for your registration and driver’s license tell him you are reaching for it in your wallet or glove compartment
Don’t argue with him
Speak in a even toned, non combative voice
Don’t be an antagonist. You’ll lose every time.
Thank him for his time and keep it moving
2. You hear sirens and see flashing lights
Pull over in a safe area (illuminated if it’s evening and you’re alone)
If you have a passenger in the vehicle tell them to be quiet, sit still and
follow suggestions under heading no.#1 with you.
3. What to do if you’re harassed or abused by a police officer
File a report immediately if not sooner
Have an attorney advise you of your rights and retain him/her if able or necessary. remember you’re fighting an entity that will go out of it’s way to protect one of their own…especially if they believe the officer
Do not challenge the officer at the scene
Do not become rude, antagonistic, obnoxious, loud or violent.
4. Avoid partaking in or being around criminal or suspicious activity
5. Don’t ever run from a police officer. This almost guarantees a bad response
6. Don’t pass a police vehicle speeding. Again, this ensures negative interaction with law enforcement
7. Stay off your cell phones when in a moving vehicle as directed by law. If they see you on it, you’re likely to get pulled over
8. Keep your music down to an acceptable level. This too is a violation under the law.
9. Don’t ever exit your vehicle after being pulled over by police. Don’t ever run up on an officer and never lunge at them or make statements indicating that you may harm them, yourself or others. This is sure bet you’ll be taking a ride in the back of a police car.
10. Don’t lie to them. They’re bound to learn the truth and knowing them, they likely already know and just want to see if you’re going to be honest.
11. Again, do not be an antagonist or an idiot. Why cultivate rancor when you really don’t need to. Meaning: Don’t mention “the Rodney King incident” or call them “Pigs” or ask them to “take of the gun and badge and let’s see how much of a man you really are!” You just might catch a bad one. It’s just not smart and not worth the trouble.
12. If you see a police car or other emergency vehicle on the shoulder of the road, slow down and be mindful. This is also a law.
Police officers are like us…there are some good ones, great ones and some sorry ones. Don’t treat everyone of them with disdain because of the actions of the sorry ones.
They’re doing their jobs -some of them for the most part – and at least 40 percent don’t like arresting you on those outstanding warrants or for silly things, but they’re doing their job. And if they believe you and maybe like you, they’ll advise you how to maneuver your situation or tell the Magistrate you were cooperative and ask for an ROR (released on your own recognizance) or unsecured bond.
Give them the benefit of the doubt and they just might do it for you. Human beings with tough jobs deserve that much.
If a police officer is rouge you’ll know it and chances are that the Department does too. If he/she is so, it’ll come to light eventually and that’s why it is imperative that you report, document the actions of a police officer that has lied to or on you or has abused their authority no matter how small it may seem or how afraid you may be.
The State Bureau of Investigations in your State can help with a law enforcement complaint. Call somebody because with all that we have going on within the world and our communities, we do not and cannot have rouge police officers running rampant on our streets. It may cost someone their life.
If you know that a police officer has a habit of lying or abusing their authority, do not seek them out for help or anything else. Go out of your way to avoid them and if they show at a scene or incident where you are involved, let it be known (in a calm and mature manner) that you prefer that the particular officer not be involved or in contact with you. Explain (in a calm and respectful manner) when and if you’re asked.
And last, but not least, if you’re still in doubt about what I have suggested, well, just click this link to watch a video Chris Rock made about how not get your butt beat by the police. It’s funny, but very true. Scroll down to the bottom of the story to see the video after clicking the link.