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Citizens Guide to Surviving Police Encounters: Should you talk to cops?

“I will never speak to a police officer under any circumstances!”

Flex Your Rights is a non-profit organization committed to educating American citizens about their civil rights. From traffic stops to pedestrian encounters, they have created an excellent video series explaining how people should act if approached by the police. This 45 minute video presentation gives you real life scenarios to help you understand how you should behave. Watch it first.

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” U.S. Constitution 5th Amendment

If police are talking to you, it’s because they suspect you may have committed a crime. Talking to the police does not help you in any way. If you’re guilty, confessing won’t lessen your sentence, even if the police tell you so. They have no authority to grant leniency or make deals. Police are allowed to lie to you in order to extract a confession, but lying to them is a crime, so don’t do it. Don’t talk to the police.

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James Duane is an American law professor at the Regent University school of law and a former criminal defense attorney. He is an expert on the 5th amendment and produced a video to help educate the public about why you should never talk to a police officer. Duane believes that perfectly innocent citizens can get into trouble even when police are doing their job properly. Bad legislation can ensnare good people and individuals can be accidentally admit to crimes they did not realize were crimes. Watch the 45 minute video below for a riveting lecture on why you should never speak to police.

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