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On using the golden rule and silence with police

Oct 06, 2014 On using the golden rule and silence with police

It is not always easy to be calm towards abusive police, but it is best for a suspect to complain later with the help of a qualified lawyer, rather than to address the matter more than necessary with the abusive police officer. Here are a few thoughts on using the golden rule and silence with police:

When a suspect talks to cops, the content and context of the suspect’s words can harm the suspect. For instance, cops can use "agitated" against the suspect not only in testimony, but possibly by throwing in more charges.

– With cops, the golden rule is key (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) EXCEPT suspects are at great risk to talk with cops.

– If a suspect is inclined to talk to cops, the suspect best first consult with a qualified lawyer and have the lawyer present during any communicates with the police.

– Police will use allegations of a suspect’s agitation and aggressiveness to justify manhandling and overcharging the suspect. Consider the police manhandling of fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian, after he allegedly clenched his fists & threw dehumanizing stares.

It is sad that criminal suspects need to be so guarded and silent with police. The alternative, however, should not be risked.

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