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How to Be Arrested Safely

How to Be Arrested Safely

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How to avoid becoming a victim of the police
How to avoid becoming a victim of the police

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Published by: artistpres on Aug 25, 2014
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How To Be Arrested, Safely  by Robert Lederman, President of A.R.T.I.S.T.The recent deaths of African American males at the hands of police officers in Fer!son"isso!ri and Staten Island #$ ha%e res!lted in widespread protests, riots and a reat dealof contro%ersy o%er police methods. &i%il rihts leaders, politicians, acti%ists and reporters ha%e i%en these incidents tremendo!s attention.'nfort!nately, completely missin from the national debate is some %ery simple b!t cr!cial information abo!t how members of the p!blic, reardless of ae or race and reardless of !ilt or innocence sho!ld beha%e when stopped by the police, or when  bein arrested. This is not abo!t politeness or respect for police officers, b!t rather abo!t s!r%i%in the e(perience.Lea%in aside o!r s!b)ecti%e opinions on whether or not American police are br!tal, racist, poorly trained or o%erly militari*ed, the !n+!estionable fact is that most people react inappropriately to bein stopped, +!estioned or arrested. Ha%in been arrested myself more than - times tho!h ne%er con%icted/ I0d li1e to share my e(perience in the hope that e%en one s!ch traic incident as the deaths in Fer!son and Staten Island can be a%oided. The ad%ice I0m i%in here is what I0%e learned to do so as to protect myself from bein in)!red or 1illed by the police.The 1ey point is to neither do or say anythin that co!ld ca!se the police officer confrontin yo! to thin1 yo! are oin to et %iolent, !se a weapon or attempt to escape arrest. Police officials, schools and parents sho!ld instr!ct children from an early ae howto safely respond to a police confrontation. 2. &ar Stops3hen a police officer orders a dri%er to p!ll o%er and then approaches the car, that officer is in a heihtened state of alertness. His or her adrenaline is p!mped !p and they are armed with a !n. They ha%e no idea whether the dri%er of the car is peacef!l or if they ha%e a weapon, are hih, dr!n1, %iolent or cra*y. The %ery first thin yo! need to do so asto protect yo!rself is to p!t both of yo!r hands where the officer can see them. The two  best places are o!t the dri%ers side window or to ha%e them on the steerin wheel.The %ery worst thin yo! can do as the officer approaches yo!r car is to reach !nder the seat, in the lo%e compartment or in yo!r bac1pac1, fanny pac1 or handba. $o! miht innocently thin1 that reachin for yo!r I4 at this time is a ood idea, since as1in for yo!r I4 is li1ely to be the first thin the officer will do. #o matter how well5trained a  police officer is, and no matter how innocent yo! may be, reachin for somethin at this time is !aranteed to ma1e that officer s!spect yo! are reachin for a weapon and to reactaccordinly. 3hat I do before reachin for my I4, whether on the street or in my car, is to say to the officer, 6I am reachin for my I4. I do not ha%e a weapon. Is that 789: "a1e s!re that
 
yo!r hands remain in %iew at all times. "o%e slowly and deliberately and do what the officer is tellin yo!, especially if they say to remain still. ;. Street Stops7n many occasions I ha%e witnessed police in the process of arrestin someone other than myself. The defendants often ma1e the followin, sometimes fatal, mista1es.a. 3ildly est!rin as they claim to be innocent. b. Aressi%ely wal1in towards the officer.c. Sho!tin, either c!rsin at the officer or sho!tin to their friends to come and help them.d. Attemptin to p!ll their hands away when the officer attempts to s!bd!e or handc!ff them.e. Reachin into their poc1ets, pants, )ac1ets, bac1pac1s etc.f. Tryin to escape from a police car or from the handc!ffs.As we can plainly see from %ideos of some of these recent incidents, the police are trained to ne%er bac1 down once they bein to ma1e an arrest. They will always meet resistance or force with m!ch reater force. $o! cannot win by physically fihtin with the police. The time to protest and fiht aainst police is in a co!rt, where yo! ha%e a  better than e%en chance of winnin. Tryin to p!ll yo!r hand away when an officer attempts to handc!ff yo! or twistin yo!r  body, will almost s!rely lead to a %iolent response. If there is more than one officer  present, yo! can e(pect a pile on of all the officers, e(actly as is seen in the %ideo of the Staten Island cho1e hold incident that led to the needless death of <ric =ardner.Reardless of what one thin1s abo!t police tactics or abo!t racism in America is there any +!estion that if "r. =ardner had simply allowed the police officer to place handc!ffs on him that he0d be ali%e today and facin a %ery minor chare for sellin loose ciarettes9The facts in the Fer!son "isso!ri shootin of "ichael Brown are far less clear c!t b!t the witness reports enerally aree that as a s!spect in a petty robbery Brown was stopped by the police who then attempted to arrest him. At some point he ot away from them, and was shot. The police claim there was a str!le for the officers !n, which mayor may not be tr!e, b!t it seems fairly certain that Brown was in c!stody howe%er briefly,  possibly inside the police car, and then ot away. If he had simply remained in the patrol car he0d be ali%e today and facin a %ery minor chare of theft. #one of what I0m s!estin is meant as a defense of the police nor as an acc!sation aainst the %ictims of these police shootins. These incidents are traic beca!se they weretotally a%oidable.

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