Posted on September 1, 2020 in DUI Arrest
The tensions between law enforcement and many United States citizens is palpable. When a cop pulls out behind you or seemingly comes out of nowhere to pull you over, what thoughts go through your mind? What emotions are you feeling? More than likely, you are nervous, anxious, stressed, irritated, scared, or all of the above. These feelings have been felt by citizens for a long time when confronted by a police officer, even if they know that they did nothing wrong beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Now, while law enforcement officers should be able and trained to control their emotions, that isn’t always the case. So, even during what you would consider a “routine traffic stop,” what can you do to help quell your unrest and peacefully move the situation along? No one is saying that you should have to be the cooler head in interaction with law enforcement, but doing so can be the difference between life and death. If you follow these suggestions, you can likely avoid the worse case scenarios.
Finally, it is your right to record the interaction. All Arizona officers do not have body cameras and currently, officers have total discretion on when they turn on and off their body cameras even if they have them. Record every interaction with law enforcement.