Life-saving tips during Motor Vehicle and Stop -Frisk 

Remember, in most cases, you will come out fine during almost any non-felony-related motor vehicle stop as long as you are courteous and polite. Don’t try to be cute or a smart mouth, even if your parent or relative is a police officer, or your father is the Chief of Police, or you are the Mayor’s son. The bottom line is during a motor vehicle investigation, the officer on scene will decide your fate based on his/her discretion and that will not be reviewed until a court date. By that time, you already will have been arrested, pepper sprayed or tazered. Some of you need to leave all of the homemade “street lawyer” debate for home or after the stop. If talking is what you want to do, do it after the motor vehicle stop is over and you are well on your way. Call a friend and talk about it over the phone. However, if using a cell phone while driving is illegal in your state, then I suggest that you turn on your favorite song and relax.

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Must read: Life-saving tips during Motor Vehicle and Stop -Frisk 

  1. Be extra nice
  2. Be extra polite
  3. Be extra cooperative
  4. Be extra attentive
  5. Be honest (the police ain’t stupid)
  6. Be extra respectful
  7. Don’t get loud
  8. Don’t fidget around or fumble about the car
  9. Only make a move when the officer tells you to
  10. Roll down your window at least halfway
  11. Stay in your car unless ordered or asked to get out
  12. Have all of your paperwork in order
  13. Turn off your radio
  14. Turn off the car until the officer tells you to turn it on
  15. Don’t get on the cell phone during the stop
  16. Don’t try to intimidate the officer with whom you know
  17. Don’t get mad when the officer gives you a ticket
  18. Don’t talk back or try and get the last word in
  19. Use the same level of respect you would when talking with your grandparent
  20. Don’t smoke a cigarette throughout the stop

(Taken from page 60), A Black Mans Guide To Law Enforcement In America


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Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and retired law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
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