What’s the best response when a cop asks you something?
Silence, or a short, polite non-answer.
Shut up. Just. Shut. Up. The police are not your friends. They are not there to protect you. They are there to arrest you, convict you, and take your money or your freedom or both.
You should be polite and calm whenever dealing with any armed person. It’s even more important when that person knows they can shoot you without any serious consequences. But don’t say any more than you have to.
These videos made the rounds about a year ago. If you haven’t seen them, watch them now. If you have seen them, watch them again. Don’t let the length put you off; the information could make a difference between jail and freedom.
In the first part of the first video a fast talking law professor gives you detailed reasons why you should never talk to the police.
This is part two, where a former police officer fills in the details.
Here are some practical examples of how to legally preserve your rights in an encounter with police:
Ok, after all that heavy duty stuff, we need a breather. Here’s some good NSFW advice from Chris Rock’s “How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police.”