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Public Service: Dealing with Cops
Here are a handful of very, very helpful pieces on dealing with police.
- Don’t Talk To the Cops: Just under a half hour, this is a very edifying video from a law professor explaining why you should NEVER talk to the police.
- Top Ten Things NOT To Do If You Are Arrested: This echoes some of the above and provides specific examples about how to avoid accidentally granting permission to search your person or property.
- How to Deal with Cops and Get Out of Crimes: I 100% believe everyone involved in the writing of this is an entitled asshole. However, entitled assholes are often VERY good at manipulating systems, as this piece reveals. They also acknowledge that the strategies they use come from a position of privilege. Regardless, much of the included information is useful.
The most important thing to know is that even very well intentioned, “decent people” type cops make misjudgments in their police work, and those mistakes can have devastating consequences for the people they are policing. And, not everyone who is a police officer is a decent person or has good intentions. With that in mind, it is really in your best interest to minimize interactions with police and, to reference the above, never talk to cops.