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Here's How To Not Get On The Bad Side Of A Cop Or Make A Situation Worse

Updated on January 14, 2015
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You don't want to get on the bad side of a cop, or make a situation worse. With that said, there are some things you should do and shouldn't do if you want to not get on a cop's bad side or escalate a situation with a cop, only to make it worse. Read on to find out more.

What We Will Cover

Here is what this article will cover:

  • Accept the fact you're under arrest (when under arrest, you're under arrest)
  • Just answer questions
  • Don't name call
  • Don't pull clout
  • Never lunge, don't even think about it
  • Don't Give Them A Lesson About The Constitution When At Checkpoint


Read on to find out more about the above topics.

If Under Arrest, You Are Under Arrest

If you are stopped by police and you are placed under arrest, then that is it, you're under arrest. What we're trying to say is that there is probably nothing you can say to change the officer's mind, therefore the best thing to do is to just accept the fact you're being arrested and don't argue with the officer, nor should you resist them. The fact of the matter is that an officer is not a judge nor are they the court system. The court is where you argue your case and the judge is the one who gets the final say in whether you're right or wrong.

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If Pulled Over, Just Answer The Officer's Questions And That's All

It seems that so many people automatically go into argumentative or curiosity mode when pulled over by a police officer. The best thing to do is to stay calm, and wait for the officer to ask you the questions. Yes, you have the right to know what you're being pulled over for, but if you simply answer the officer's questions, eventually they will and should tell you why you got stopped and/or getting a ticket. Depending what you got pulled over for, if you are calm, polite and honest, then you might end up just getting a warning and not a ticket, or get on the bad side of the officer.


Don't Call The Cop Names

Yes, this does happen and you can YouTube it! If you don't want to get on the bad side of a cop, then don't call them names, swear at them or tell them they must be proud of themselves or anything rude and stuff of that nature. It's a safe bet to say that cops don't like to be insulted for doing their jobs, as most of us don't because at the end of the day nobody really wants to be talked to like dirt, and cops are no different and they are not here for us to insult them because we feel that they shouldn't be doing their jobs. You might feel as if they should have better things to do, but that doesn't give you the right to say nasty and vile things to them, or even launch minor insults at them.

Even if a cop appears to be having a bad day, and maybe they are saying snippy remarks or giving you attitude for apparently no reason, you won't make the situation any better if you decide to act in the same way. In other words, most police interactions only last for a few minutes, so it's better to suck it up and just deal with it and then be on your way when the officer is done conducting their business with you. The last thing you want to do is contribute to the cop's bad day, as this can result in making your day even worse.


Don't Try To Pull Clout With An Officer

Don't have a DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM attitude and don't come out and say that phrase. Don't say you know someone high ranking in their department and you're going to have their badge. In other words, don't say stupid things and don't try to pull clout. This is just ridiculous and it probably won't do you any good. We are pretty confident that cops don't want to hear from someone they are confronting that they are going to "have their badge" taken away or things of that nature. So just don't pull clout, it is as simple as that.



Never Lunge At An Officer

Never, and we mean never ever lunge at an officer. This is one of the quickest ways to get on the officer's bad side, as it can get you arrested or even shot and/or cost you your life, and possibly rightfully so. When you lunge at an officer, or charge at them, don't expect them to open their arms to you and embrace you with a hug! Long story short, don't be a moron and just stay calm and do what the police officer tells you to do.



Don't Lecture Them On The Constitution When Pulling Up To A Checkpoint

Sometimes people come across DUI checkpoints, and for some reason or another they decide it's a good time to lecture them on the constitution and what they are doing is wrong and so on and so on. Just cut it out, and answer the quick questions they ask you and be on your way. Checkpoints only take a few seconds to get through and there are signs that say you are approaching one, which in many cases allow you to simply turn around and not go through it.

And that folks is how to not get on the bad side of a cop or make a situation worse.

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