For this reason, I agreed to serve as a technical consultant for the important new film, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police.
The 40-minute docudrama aims to educate the public about basic legal and practical survival strategies for handling even the scariest police encounters.
As a 33-year law enforcement veteran and former training commander with the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, I know how easy it is to intimidate citizens into answering incriminating questions or letting me search through their belongings.This reality might make things easier for police looking to make an easy arrest, but it doesn't always serve the interests of justice.A good police report can also frequently resolve problems the victim may encounter in many other arenas, such as family court, or in problems with landlords, school, employment, immigration, etc.On the other hand, an inadequate police report - an incomplete or inaccurate report - can seriously undermine a victim's attempt to end the violence.In other circumstances, police will illegally seize or delete evidence recorded by citizens, notwithstanding laws that make it a crime to destroy evidence of a crime being committed, irrespective of whether the crime is committed by civilians or by the police.
Types of misconduct include coerced false confession, intimidation, false arrest, false imprisonment, falsification of evidence, spoliation of evidence, police perjury, witness tampering, police brutality, police corruption, racial profiling, unwarranted surveillance, unwarranted searches, and unwarranted seizure of property.In an effort to control police misconduct, there is an accelerating trend for civilian agencies to go beyond review to engage directly in investigations and to have much greater input into disciplinary decisions.In addition, individuals and groups are now filming police in an effort to force police to become accountable for their actions and for their inactions.Frustrated and scared, Darren immediately breaks Rule #1: Always Be Calm & Cool. The point is that the choices you make during the course of such encounters have a massive impact on whether it ends with a simple warning, a tasing -- or worse. While being calm and cool is key to getting the best possible outcome, it's not enough to keep police from violating your constitutional rights. Intimidated and unaware of other options, he consents to the search.Mouthing off to the officer, Darren aggressively exits the car and slams the door. For example, when the officer commandingly asks Darren "You're not hiding any AK-47s in there? The officer carelessly dumps his bags, accidentally shattering Darren's laptop on the asphalt.The police report is usually the most critical document a victim will have in determining whether or not she can escape domestic violence .