10 Rules for Dealing with Police

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10 Rules for Dealing with Police

Billy Murphy talks about how to deal with the police. He's been a judge, but he's best known as a criminal defense lawyer. He knows how the law works and he knows that for many people the law sometimes doesn't work. He's going to show you how to make the law work for you. The choices you make can have a massive impact in the outcomes of your police encounters, even if, and especially if, you've done nothing wrong.

There are lots of good police officers out there doing what needs to be done and there are also few too many cops who don't respect the basic rights of innocent people. But you don't get to chose who you're dealing with. And even the nicest cop will use your mistakes against you. That's precisely why every citizen must possess the tools to confidently assert their rights if they have to.

Don't ever talk back, don't ever raise your voice and don't ever use profanity with the police officer. Being hostile with the police is stupid and dangerous. Police have a dangerous job. Even the most professional officers might become aggressive if they feel threatened or if their authority is challenged. Always control your words, the tone of your voice and your body language.

During a police encounter the smartest way to take the Fifth is just to keep your mouth shut, because you always have to right to remain silent. If the police interrogate, or arrest you, asking for lawyer is a good way to assert your right to remain silent. It's up to you to make sure that you understand the law and make smart choices.

If police flag you down, pull over immediately, turn off your car and place your hands on the wheel. The police like to see your hands for their own safety so wait until they request your paperwork before reaching for it. At night it's also a good idea to turn on the interior light so that the officer can see you're not armed.

You have the right to refuse searches. This comes directly from the Fourth Amendment. For your Fourth Amendment protection to legally apply you must be prepared to clearly state your refusal under pressure. Never tell the officer you know your rights, show the officer you know your rights by asserting them calmly.

Police may legally order you out of your vehicle so you should comply. Be aware that the police may legally lie to you so never let false threats and promises trick you into waiving your rights. Refusing the search request is not evidence of guilt and doesn't give the officer the legal right to search or detain you. Don't get tricked.

Unless you're detained or arrested you may terminate the encounter at any time, but don't wait for the officer to dismiss you. Simply ask if you're free to go. Saying you want to leave establishes that the encounter is not voluntary which could help you later if you end up in court.

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22 Comments / User Reviews

  1. oQ

    Good one!
    Know your rights, so the law can't make it wrong.
    1i

  2. dmxi

    informative....but bad acting spiced with subtle rascism(replying to afro-american :"i get you ,man!")!it seems that the makers believe to adress an uneducated viewer,imo!

  3. john Palermo

    About 3 years ago I made copies of the earlier version of this video and gave it to everyone I knew in my then hometown of Tampa Bay, Fl. If you know Tampa itself then you are well aware of what a police state it has become. This is where facial recognition cameras were first used etc etc. Along with also spreading the word on the key points made it was amazing how many people within a few months were NOT going to jail anymore due to vehicle searches etc. This stuff works! If they search or detain after exercising rights as outlined the case is invalid in the majority of occurrences.
    I thank the makers of this series and highly recommend passing along this vital information because the way things are going nobody is no longer not a target or dollar sign...

  4. Guest

    About 3 years ago I made copies of the earlier version of this video and gave it to everyone I knew in my then hometown of Tampa Bay, Fl. If you know Tampa itself then you are well aware of what a police state it has become. This is where facial recognition cameras were first used etc etc. Along with also spreading the word on the key points made it was amazing how many people within a few months were NOT going to jail anymore due to vehicle searches etc. This stuff works! If they search or detain after exercising rights as outlined the case is invalid in the majority of occurrences.

    I thank the makers of this series and highly recommend passing along this vital information because the way things are going nobody is no longer not a target or dollar sign...

  5. hotdog

    I am happy I do not live in America. This police totalitarian state. What a f*ck is going on there! This film is an evidence of lost freedom in USA.

  6. systems1000

    What ever happened to habeas corpus? Like a witch,it was either burned alive or drown. If the truth is frightening,just say,en.

  7. pwndecaf

    It's not that bad. (The NSA is reading this right now, so "ix-nay on the eply-ray!")

  8. iStateOfMind3 iii

    The largest street gang in America - The Police. Don't believe me? Ask John Williams or Kelly Thomas or the multitude of others since then, Manuel Diaz - Anahiem 2012, David Silva - Bakersfield CA 2013. Regular guys brutally murdered with very little or no consequences for the perpetrators.

  9. hotdog

    Subliminal intimidation - purpose of this film

  10. pwndecaf

    I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

    Kent Brockman

  11. Wayne Siemund

    The greatest satisfaction you can get is watching a police officer get reprimanded by a judge with a court room full of citizens.

    Knowing your rights and being calm has allowed me to play the system to have a park security officer disciplined. The few times I have seen him, he has given me some nasty looks but makes obvious moves to avoid me. I love being free.

  12. rocky

    Is there a video about how to deal with rapist cops?

  13. Ann

    Can you tell an officer you're going to record the encounter? What if he/she says no, can you record anyway? I've been pulled over for being on the phone, when I wasn't, then when I got home and actually read the ticket, it was given for not wearing my seatbelt. I've been on the phone plenty of times, but you will never see me without a seatbelt and this was NYC. Three times in NYC I was wrongfully pulled over for cell phone 2x, and 1x, I have no idea what the guy was doing, but the said "I THOUGHT you MAY not be wearing your seatbelt", his words were very carefully spoken, and it gave him opportunity to run my license and plate, but he let me go. It was very suspicious.

  14. Jorge Gutierrez

    This is really Bull-Crap,The Police would do what ever they would like with you,even more if they profile you,because the simply dont like your appearance,if you do not believe me,then you must see: The People of New York vs. Jorge A. Gutierrez whom winded up doing for year for a fake Taxi License (T.L.C. license) His Miranda warnings,(Rights) were not read,even before the Fith Amendment was ratified on 2005,He was Detained and arrested in 2002. Go on ahead and look it up,his Indictment is: 1483/2002

  15. Jorge Gutierrez

    In the Gutierrez case,the police stopped him at four different locations at the very same time he was detained,and besides that,his case was full with so many irregularity,it is simply ridicules that this man was incarcerated. There are some people whom do not know there Rights. The Police ones they have made up there mind that they are going to detain a person,they should read them there Fith Amendment Right According to the United States Constitution as prescribe in Miranda Vs Arizona.

  16. Jack1952

    My kid brother's a cop. Every time I kill someone its a wink a nod. Nice to be on inside.

  17. Glen

    The feds are now shorting the time the lights stay on Yellow so they can catch more and increase revenue

  18. jared traxel

    I guess im the only one who see's this for what it really is, slightly informative entertainment. Maybe it is just bad acting but the extra ham made this documentary alot of fun to watch.

  19. zabelisa

    Police loves to provoke people, that is the problem.. They have a quota to meet I guess.

  20. Steve Mcconnell

    The cops use lies as a tool. If you lie to them you must "live the lie" be consistent. This is harder when you are with someone else. A cover story that's complete is required and must be discussed by all involved. Any hint of deception and they have all they need to search and detain you. The reality; is if a cop wants to search you, he's going to. If he asks to search you car and you know it's clean I'd let him. This has worked for me so far Expect to be cuffed and secured during the search. On the other hand if you are holding, never consent to a search thinking this will get him to not search. Iv'e had cops (park rangers once county cops another ) search with my consent and find a roach in my ashtray once and 3 joints in a cigarette pack another time and not arrest me. Lucky I guess. Iv'e also had city cops (plain cloths) tell me they wanted to look for illegal items from a property crime and they would overlook minor crimes if allowed to search but would get a warrant if need be. They kept there word.
    The only thing you can be sure of is, you can't be sure of anything. Give them all the respect that someone who can kill you deserves. If the disrespect you, be glad they didn't taze you. if the taze you be glad they didn't beat you. If they beat you , be glad they didn't arrest you. If they arrest you be glad they didn't kill you. If they kill you the cop gits a paid leave and he's glad.

  21. Gman Holman

    The rules for black people are very different than the rules for white people. And the rules for black people in the South are very simple, THERE ARE NO RULES!!!

  22. Gman Holman

    Also, in the case of Sandra Bland, it is very interesting to note that the policeman "conveniently" stepped outside of the view of the dash cam.

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