Anyone who has an unexpected encounter with the police typically has one goal—to get through the situation and move on. In a perfect world, all police stops would be friendly, respectful, and non-violent. But that is not reality. We see police brutality in the headlines more and more frequently, and everyday citizens aren’t sure what they can and can’t say or what they should and shouldn’t do. (Daniele Watts is a perfect example.)
We can’t change someone who is going to prejudge you for a superficial reason, but what we can do is provide a few friendly tips to help you get through an encounter with the police should you find yourself in that suboptimal situation. Here are 10 things to remember if you’re stopped by the police.