More Than A Rib’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters We are at a point in time where police actions and reactions are questionable regardless if their duties are to protect and serve. We must police the police by policing ourselves with education. This education pertains to routine traffic stops. You usually know if you have broken the law or not. This does not pertain to high speed chase or DUI. This is a guide no matter your situation. You need to know the law or guidance whether you are in the right or wrong. TAKE THIS IN CONSIDERATION: THERE ARE A LOT OF DEAD PEOPLE THAT WERE TRYING TO PROVE THEY WERE RIGHTwith az screen recorder app. EVERY SITUATION IS DIFFERENT BUT BE RIGHT AND COMPLY VERSUS BEING RIGHT AND NOT COMPLY. Some police are scared, some have not been trained properly; some are racist and are looking for a reason TO USE DEADLY FORCE.
- Call someone and let them know you are being stopped and where!
- Know your friends that you keep company with. Know who your passengers are before they get in your vehicle or your parents vehicle and make sure they know the rules of being a passenger in whatever vehicle you are driving (passengers, have been known to get the driver in trouble because of concealed weapons, money, drugs, contraband. The content of the car belong to whoever owns the vehicle).
- Make sure you put a photo copy of your license and insurance in your visor. By doing this you do not have to reach or make any sudden movements.
- Pick routes less traveled by police. Going 10-20- minutes out of the way is worth not getting harassed or pulled over for DWB (driving while black).
- Do not stop in place you do not feel comfortable with. Drive to a location where the lighting is to your comfort level. While driving to this safe location always remember to turn on your emergencies/hazard lights and let the police follow. They will ask you why and you let them know you were scared to stop in an unlit location due to current event in the news and you wanted to be in a well-lit place where there would be some camera surveillance.
- Turn on lights and keep your hands visible and make sure you and your passengers alert officers to any moves you will make.
- You have the right to video and audio tape and let the officer know or you can conceal this information. We wouldn’t want to give them a reason to say it was a gun when it was a phone. If pulled over you and passengers keep hands visible
- Lock your doors and crack your window to give police your drivers license and insurance. You are not required by law to give the police your registration. Police may ask you to roll down the window. You tell the police you are scared for your life and the law does require that you roll down the window. The law requires that you comply with providing the police with information to complete the traffic stop.
- Police use 2 tactics when trying to search car. They will say they smell alcohol or drugs (weed) or they will say your speech was slurred. It is best to say as least as possible. It is best to determine who you are dealing with. You can make a conscious decision whether you want to communicate on paper. You only have to answer questions pertinent to traffic stop.
- If you do decide to talk don’t talk back, raise your voice, put yourself in a situation for the officer to delay the traffic stop ……never physically refuse only verbally refuse. Talking gives the officer a opportunity to lie and we want to limit these opportunities. Keep conversation minimal and specific to stop. If officer gets off of the traffic violation say with all due respect I would rather not speak due to your Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate myself. Where you are going, coming from or been is none of the officers business that pertains to the traffic stop. If asked why you do not want to talk tell him/her a lawyer friend advised you to do so. Ask the officer for his name and badge number. Not mandatory for all cases just in cases where you feel you are being harassed or racial profiled.
- If you have to exit your vehicle; I do not consent to any search of my body or my vehicle pursuant to my right to be free from illegal searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment. If you have to exit your car turn off ignition, take keys out, open the door, lock the door, get out and close the door. You do not have to give your keys. If asked why did you lock your vehicle just say “it is habit”. Police do not need a warrant to search car if they have “probable cause” ie visible contraband, smelling like drugs or liquor.
- Ask have you broken a law. Ask why you are being detained. Ask are you free to go. If the police have no reason to detain you they have to let you go. If you have not asked why you are being detained, ask again have you broken the law and are you free to go. If they give you no answer tell them they are violating your constitutional right to free travel.
Freedom of movement under United States law is governed primarily by the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the United States Constitution which states, “The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” As far back as the circuit court ruling in Corfield v. Coryell, 6 Fed. Cas. 546 (1823), the Supreme Court recognized freedom of movement as a fundamental Constitutional right. In Paul v. Virginia, 75 U.S. 168 (1869), the Court defined freedom of movement as “right of free ingress into other States, and egress from them.”
- You would then ask for the opportunity to speak with a lawyer, pursuant to my Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
- If this is an arrest, you would state I am politely refusing to answer any questions pursuant to my rights under the Fifth Amendment. I understand that you are arresting me. I refuse to answer any questions until I speak with my lawyer and I also choose to reserve my silence until then. Situation is totally different, this is an actual arrest.
Guide To Surviving Police Encounters If so, you have you wait and see what the protocol is for law broken. The biggies are the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments. 4th relates to illegal searches and seizures, 5th is freedom from self-incrimination (right to be silent), and 6th is right to counsel.
- Stop and frisk is applied differently in each state. Most states say there must be reasonable articulable suspicion for a pat down, unless consent is provided, either actually or implicitly. Thus, it is important to never consent
- Check points: Checkpoint are by choice. You do not have to enter a check point. That is why they are letting you know that you are entering one. Yes you can refuse. Once you enter a checkpoint you have implied consent to a search. If you choose to enter a check point there is the zip lock method. Go to YouTube and put this link in. http://youtu.be/EvJfrsB22QU
*Answer questions with questions (ex. Do you know how fast you were going. No sir how fast was I going. *Ask have you broken a law. If you have wait and see what your consequence is. *If you have not ask why you are being detained. *Do not make any sudden moves asks to move and let officer no of all movements you want to make (ex…I am reaching into my back pocket can you see me?) *Turn on interior lights on *Prepare for travel especially during holidays where there may be check points Your life depends on how educated you are. More Than A Rib’s Guide To Surviving Police Encounters morethanarib.com Rickie Chaffold