Your Right to Remain Silent. Keep Thy Mouth Shut.
"Silence," it's Highly Under-Rated.
Why do we have the right to remain silent? Taken from the Miranda Warning, this question regarding our constitutional right to remain silent is not taken literally nor even seriously enough by the vast majority. While you may be confident you would not make the deadly error of spouting off to law enforcement at the wrong time for all the wrong reasons.....you might want to reserve that thought. It's not that simple. Consider if you will, just a few of the numerous reasons for this behavior based upon basic human nature.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, Everyone's Favorite Right!
Human beings love to talk. Everyone has an opinion, an idea and unsolicited advice to offer. Furthermore, people want to be heard. Their way is the right way. Their facts are the most accurate. People seek attention and what better way to get it than to make some noise?
"Listen to me." "Don't interrupt me." "Excuse me, I have the floor." "Hey, let me finish my sentence!" "Hear me out." .............
I get it. Do you? Aside from breathing, humans do nothing more frequently and continually than talk, speak....."using our words" to communicate.
Our ability to speak is highly valued. Hell, it's necessary. It is doubtful we're able to imagine a life without the ability to vocalize. Words are magical. They make the world turn. Speaking up is the way we explain what may not be obvious to the eye. It is how we make ourselves clear and clean up any misconceptions, defend our actions or apologize for unintended offenses.
How many of us are truly aware of the importance of knowing when to shut up. We don't even like the way that sounds. Responsible parents teach their kids not to use the term, "shut up." It's rude. Fine. I'll be the rude one here. Just for now, to hell with political correctness. That term makes me shudder anyway.
Ideally, you'll never have to heed this warning, but should you find yourself in the midst of a heap of legal trouble, face to face with the law, repeat this mantra ......Don't say a word beyond your name, answer not a single question, keep your mouth shut tightly except to ask for an attorney. Should you feel the urge to speak, remember these words,
In a Civil Society, we strive to cooperate and accommodate
Can't we all just get along? Cooperate with your fellow-employees, be respectful to those deserving and accommodate your loved ones. Without being blatantly disrespectful, you are not required to be either cooperative nor accommodating,nor must you participate in conversation with... the police. Please understand, in certain situations, the Policeman is not our friend. (I would hope it is needless to note... I direct this to adults and would not advocate such a statement within earshot of children.)
Maybe you can determine what the magic number is in terms of how many true tales of Police misconduct and brutality must be publicized before we get it through our thick skulls? Cops are people capable of all things human. Cops can be and have been known to be dirty in more ways than a few. Let's just be big boys and girls and grasp a piece of the real world. It's a damned jungle out there. And not all the baboons are in the zoo. The best I will offer at this point is a concession that the bad cops may be few and far between.
Law Enforcement Officers can and do lie, manipulate, threaten, harass, trick and otherwise push, pull and may even offer "candy," in their crazed effort to ...do their job of protecting and serving.
But I've done Nothing Wrong. I Have Nothing to Hide!
Personally, I'd have a tendency to believe you until there was reason or proof enough to think otherwise. But I'm not the one you need to convince. Nor is it your Mom or friends or the people who think you're a really great person!"
If you've been escorted to the Police Station to answer questions, you can bet your butt you are suspected of something and it isn't necessarily anything good. The new and improved, "politically correct," term these days, person of interest. Pssst....that's just another way to insult the intelligence of the public. Will it never stop?
No more preaching to you about protecting yourself or exercising your rights. I'm pretty sure anyone reading this will never find themselves in need of the information here. But, someone you care about may be in this precarious position one day. You'll be all set to help them out.
Everything and anything that comes out of your mouth, in any tone of voice, with or without the least bit of accompanying body language, can and will be used against you in a court of law, or any other place for any reason, by whomever was present when you spoke (or maybe not present.) You are not in a nice place, surrounded by nice people with good intentions, using fairness and kindness to clear you of any wrong doing. At that moment, there is one person on your side. You. What little control you have is limited to using your common sense, requesting legal counsel and one more thing......remaining silent In simple but hard-core, no-nonsense English......just shut up.
This is a Sad Sad story
Imagine being questioned about a Crime
If I was brought in by Police for questioning, I would:
© 2012 Paula