The alternet website has posted an article by a former cop entitled “10 Ways To Outfox Cops That Are Abusing Their Powers To Trick You.” Author Neill Franklin was a commander for the Maryland State Police Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement and a former trainer with the Baltimore Police Department. Mr. Franklin now serves as Executive Director of LEAP(Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), an organization of current and former law enforcement officers who oppose the existing drug laws. He has now served as a technical consultant on a documentary film called “10 Rules For Dealing With Police,” that can be purchased at the Flex Your Rights web site. The Huffington Post has an online slide show accompanying each rule.
Here is a preview of the film:
His advice is practical and useful. For instance, rule number 1 is “Always be calm and cool: a bad attitude guarantees a bad outcome.” This may seem obvious, but being polite can go a long way in smoothing over potentially bad encounters with the police.”
The list emphasizes that a defendant must assert his or her rights and not fall for police tricks and tactics to get a confession or consent to a search that legally can be refused.
I have not seen the entire documentary, but Mr. Franklin’s article provides valuable insight from a police officer’s perspective.