Don't Talk to Cops

Don't Talk to CopsIt's a shame it's come to this point, but the reality is that you should almost never talk to cops. And if you do, make sure you have a lawyer present.

By stating such a thing, one might think we're anti-cop. That's not the case. We simply recognize that in a highly-regulated society, with more laws than we can count, you can quite easily get yourself into trouble with the law. The bigger government has gotten, the more laws are on the books. As for the police, it's their job to uphold them. 

Reforming the situation means that we need to change the role of government and get it out of most of our lives. Until that happens though, it's best to play it safe and learn to live by the 5th Amendment:

No person ... 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...

In other words, keep your mouth shut when around the police. Below is a video (in two parts) detailing just how easy it is to break laws that you don't even know exist (talk about injustice) and thereby getting in trouble with the police and the law. The first video is a law professor at Regent Law School, discussing those points and more. The second video is a police detective discussing how the police operate and giving his perspective on the matter. If the first video doesn't wake you up to the realities of how quickly you can get in trouble, the second video surely will. 

Be safe out there and don't do anything foolish. Remember, too, the innocent and uninformed can be unjustly punished. 

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