Monday, February 14, 2011
Your civic duty.
There are a lot of good policemen out there. There are honest and decent politicians, mechanics, and insurance agents. The ones you have to look out for are the ones who think about their career before anything else. Know your rights. Innocent or guilty, do not talk to any law enforcement officer without an attorney or public defender present. NOTHING YOU SAY CAN HELP YOU, it's not legally allowed, ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU, even if you say it on accident. Your rights as an American citizen prevent them from FORCING YOU to be used as a witness against yourself, if you admit anything or sign anything, you are WAIVING YOUR FIFTH AMENDMENT, and ALLOWING them to proceed. If it's a good and decent police officer, they might be mildly annoyed that you pulled the 5th amendment card, but if they're just out to fuck you for the brownie points, you might have very well saved your ass. If you are NOT INNOCENT and beyond REASONABLE DOUBT proven guilty, nothing you say can help you anyway, and might deny you options you don't know you have. You hear people say "It's your civic duty to help", part of that is observing that your rights and the rights of others aren't trampled upon in someone's quest for a promotion. You are allowed to observe and record police action from a safe, non-invasive difference, as long as you don't interfere. A cell camera and a quick blurted instruction of "plead the fifth, wait for a lawyer" will not get you anything more than ass chewing. If a spiteful local officer harasses you, that is both immoral and illegal, and if you can feel that you're being followed or paid special attention to because you acted as a witness for someone's arrest/ticketing/etc, or because you escaped punishment by being smart, attempt to receive any free(or as much as you can afford) legal advice.