The current society we all live in is all but divided. Everyday some interactions can turn into uncomfortable and tense situation just in a blink of an eye. Its really hard being pulled over or getting questioned by a police officer. The situation of being questioned or being pulled over can be nerves or uncomfortable to some people who feel they are a bit 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. When interacting with the police one should not show any signs of aggressiveness or anxiety or nerves because the moment one shows those signs things will turn into tense. When one is anxious or nerves it shows that he or she is hiding something from the police. To avoid any such tense moment stay calm, keep your voice steady and maintain eye contact.
Another step to ensure your safety when encountered by a police officer is to always know your rights. One can refuse answering any question asked by the police under the right to remain silent. One can exercise this right when he or she feels not being comfortable with officers questions. 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.
Also to ensure your safety when stopped by the police one should not resist an officer. One can resist answering officers question but one should not resist being arrested. Resisting arrest can only harm your case and make it a bit difficult but it will give the police a reason to act aggressively towards you even though he or she wasnt ready. 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. Police officers are trained to act faster to any movement shown by suspects; police will associate this with ill will even if you know in your mind that isnt your intention. Always one should know that police doesnt know you and he or she is looking for a reason to convict you, so avoid such mindless mistakes to ensure your safety when stopped by the police.