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Posted on April 11, 2012 by Robert D. Butler

What to do when stopped by police


  • Be Respectful and polite
  • Think carefully about your words and movements
  • Remember that anything you say or do can be used against you
  • Keep your hand where the police can see them
  • Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest
  • Remember officers badge and patrol car numbers
  • write down everything you remember right away


  • Get into an argument with the police
  • Run
  • Touch the police officer
  • Resist arrest even if you believe you are innocent
  • Complain on the scene or tell the police they’re wrong or that you are going to file a complaint
  • Make any statements regarding the incident

Information provided by the ACLU

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