I dislike some elements of this video because it seems to be conditioning all of us to be cooperative “house niggers” when we confront the police/massas. It teaches people to be somewhat docile and overly polite, even when the police are unreasonable. It’s tough to keep your cool when you feel your rights have been ignored or violated. But the video says we must do so as the first requirement for dealing with a police encounter.
The video is right. My instinct is wrong. As much as I might like to give the officer a “piece of my mind,” it’s probably better to stay calm, make no aggressive “rants”–and take the time to sue the S.O.B. at some later date.
The cops, of course, know we’d much prefer to succumb to emotion by cowering in fear or by making a “rant” (which might give the officer cause to arrest us). This video correctly advises that we should instead remain calm (or at least controlled) in anticipation of making an official complaint and/or filing a lawsuit. So long as we stay too scared to assert our rights, and too busy or too lazy to sue, the cops can get away with lots of minor (and sometimes, major) abuse.
I also dislike this video insofar as It’s an “infomercial” which will direct you to another website where you can buy a DVD that presents a complete compilation of the “Ten Rules”. I’m not endorsing the DVD or making a commercial recommendation.
However, I like this video offers because it offers a “street-smart,” criminal defense lawyer’s pragmatic and common sense “rules” for dealing with the “po-lice”. These rules aren’t really that complex or hard to understand. If 10% of Americans could master an apply these Ten Rules and were prepared to sue whenever the cops abused their authority, the amount of police abuse in this country might fall by 50%. The video is worth you time.
In truth, most police abuse is ultimately based on our ignorance or fear. As the speaker says, “Even the nicest police officers will use your mistakes against you.” The video helps you to avoid making fundamental mistakes. Most of those mistakes will be due to your ignorance and/or cowardice. As the video makes clear, you’ve got to know just some of your fundamental rights, and you must have the courage to assert those rights when dealing with the “po-lice”. With a little practical knowledge, and a little practical courage, you might find yourself living as if you were a free man.