There are some very simple rules to follow that will improve your chances of leaving a police encounter intact and alive.
• Running or fighting are never good options.
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• Do not take it personally. The cop is probably doing his job and if you have committed no crime you are probably OK.
• Follow directions precisely; this is no time to argue.
• If you have committed a crime, the first three rules still apply.
The consequences of breaking any of these rules could and quite often results in bad things happening. This is not making excuses for the back-shooter cop in South Carolina or the 73-year-old reserve deputy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but cooperative behavior probably would have prevented both tragedies.
Just remember being dead is irreversible, regardless of what happens to the officer in the justice system.
Retired Fresno County Sheriff’s lieutenant