Steps to Ensure your Safety when Stopped by Police Officer
The current society we all live in is all but divided. On day to day interaction with people the situation can turn into uncomfortable and tense situation in a blink of an eye. Getting pulled over or being questioned by the police sometimes it can be hard situation to some people. Being pulled over can be uncomfortable situation to some few people who feel marginalized. Understanding ones right is important especially when interacting with the police. Here are tips to stay safe and what to do when interacting with the police.
One should always stay calm when interacting with the police. The moment one shows the police any sign of aggressive or nerves the situation will turn tense. Being aggressive towards the police it means you giving the police a reason to act aggressive too. Keeping your voice steady and maintaining eye contact with the police will avoid any tense moment.
Knowing ones right is another step in making sure you are safe when interacting with the police. One can refuse answering any question asked by the police under the right to remain silent. If at some point one is not comfortable with officers questions he or she can exercise this right. Also one can refuse personal search or even his or her car without a search warrant and even the right to leave the situation calmly if you are not under arrest.
At any circumstance one should not resist the police. Its one thing to verbally refuse a search or to not answer a question but, when it comes to being arrested one should not resist police officer. To make sure one is safe and not giving the police a reason to be aggressive is by not refusing arrest. Making the police act aggressively towards you will lead to you being harmed and to avoid such situation one should not resist the police arrest.
Another step one should consider taking when encountered by a police officer is to avoid sudden movements. Sudden movement may give a police officer reason to take physical action without even knowing it. Any sudden movement will make police act faster since they are trained so and they take that as ill will towards them even if you know it in your mind that is not your intention. One should remember that this person doesnt know you and they are looking for a reason to convict you so dont bait them with a mindless mistake.