I know the laws, if I do not I look them up. I know what diseases spit can cause, when spitting in someones face, and I know the laws pertaining to that. I also know the statistics of Tazers -vs- brute force take down...
I also spent a big chunk of my life trying to keep my son off of meth, and out of trouble. He spent from 16 to 21 yrs old in prison. He has been on both sides of this, he hated cops, said the same things some are saying here.
I am proud to say, he has a daughter, full custody, has been clean for 3 years, has had a stable job. He now says anything that happened to him was his doing, including tazered by cops, taken down by cops, etc....
Talk to him about this 6 years ago, and everything is the cops fault, they are all crooked and abuse authority.
Also, I had my brother in law taze me twice, one, because he had never got to use it ( 5 years serving ) , and two, I wanted to see how " bad " it is. It is not bad at all. I would rather be tazered then tackled any day.
So, my " life experiences " show I am not " full of it ".......
And, I stay clear of trouble,( naturally, I do not even have to try or think about it ) so I never have to " deal " with the Police. If people would do that, they would not be in these situations. Again, I do not feel sorry for them, and neither does my son.
And for the ones not getting the " talking to a officer "......
Anyone who has watched a television show about law enforcement has a heard a police officer read the suspect his or her Miranda Rights. After placing the suspect under arrest, the officer will say something similar to, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”
The wording of the Miranda rights may vary from the statement above, as long as they fully convey the message. The officer must also ensure that the suspect understands his or her rights. Should the suspect not speak English, these rights must be translated to make sure they are understood.
Miranda Rights were created in 1966 as a result of the United States Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda warning is intended to protect the suspect’s Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer self-incriminating questions.
It is important to note that Miranda rights do not go into effect until after an arrest is made. The officer is free to ask questions before an arrest, but must inform the suspect that the questioning is voluntary and that he or she is free to leave at any time. The answers to these questions are admissible in court.
If the suspect is placed under arrest and not read Miranda rights, spontaneous or voluntary statements may be used in evidence in court. For example, if the suspect starts using excuses justifying why he or she committed a crime these statements can be used at trial.
Silence can be used against the suspect if it occurs before he or she is read the Miranda rights. For example, an innocent person would proclaim his or her evidence or try to give an alibi rather than staying quiet. The prosecution will try to use the suspect’s silence against him or her in court.
If you are being investigated for a crime and wish to remain silent before being Mirandized, you can inform the officer that your attorney told you to never speak to law enforcement without talking to him or her first. This looks less suspicious than simply refusing to answer questions.
Edited by Sakari, 15 December 2012 - 05:40 PM.