It is the job of the police officer to keep people safe, but it is the job of the people to know what the officer is allowed to do and what they can’t do. For example, ask if you are free to leave because staying is voluntary; know that in California you don’t need to show ID if you are suspicious; you do not need to consent to a search. It is artistic in the way officers articulate their sentences to come off as intimidating and stern, but it is the responsibility of the people to know their rights so they can play the game back. Make sure to use your words and actions artistically, too, by always being polite, respectful and keeping your hands visible. I think the interaction between police and people would go a lot more smoothly if people knew exactly what they can and can’t say and to of course remember that cops are just people too and that they need to be respectful. Full article here:

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