You can go ahead and thank Dale Carson.
A former member of the Miami-Dade Police Department and FBI, the Jacksonville, Fla. attorney has written a book called Arrest-Proof Yourself, 369 pages that explain the many bullshit ways in which cops target people, as well as how pedestrians can avoid being statistics.
Carson reveals what we already know to be true: "Law enforcement officers now are part of the revenue gathering system." Cops try to get ahead by essentially stepping on each to put more people in in prison. Carson's book is a collection of sensible—if not obvious—things you can do to keep yourself out of jail.
For example: be invisible to police.
"If police can't see you, they can't arrest you." The simplest application of this concept is that if you plan on doing something illegal, you should do it in the privacy of your home. Yes, you can be arrested while at home, but you can't be profiled sitting in your living room, and profiling is what you're trying to avoid.
If, for whatever reason, you failed to be invisible, bawl so hard. It's certainly not the honorable option, but it's an option.
Bawl hard while begging for a notice (the option here is a notice or jail, not notice/jail or getting off scot free). "Don't waste time worrying about what your friends will think," Carson says. "If they're with you, they're getting arrested too." If they're not with you, they won't know.
Another nugget of knowledge from Carson might put a damper on time spent with your homies: "When cops see four young males in a car, they immediately wonder if this is a crew of criminals out to do a job." History has taught us that race absolutely plays a factor in how young men (or a group of them) are perceived.
So basically, be invisible to police, cry when necessary, don't be one of too many dudes in a car and definitely don't be a minority. That should keep you out of jail.
[via The Atlantic Cities]