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Chessmann
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With all the stuff about police violence recently, it reminded me of the first steps I took in learning how to handle myself when pulled over (or god forbid, something worse! Smile ).

This morning I was trying to remember a post I read a few years back (circa 2005!) that was made by Bill Palmer, who found himself in a car with a couple of friends when approached by the police.

Obviously, this is not a cure-all or guarantee, nor is it a statement that there are no bad apples in the police. But I did read it to my daughters to give them something to think about as they approached 16.

Here's the post:

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(starting in reply to someone else)

That is exactly the way to handle these things. You were calm, polite and honest.

Some years back, when I was working at New Vaudeville Pizza House, I gave the fellow who was my juggler and his roommate a ride back home. One of my headlights was out, due to a minor traffic problem, and I hadn't had an opportunity to replace it.

I got pulled over right in front of their apartment. One of the guys said, "Look, it's the pigs! They are going to bust heads."

I said, "Don't say a word. Let me do the talking."

The policeman approached. He asked to see my driver's license, which I gave him. He asked, "Do you realize that you have a headlight out?"

"Yes, officer. It just went out earlier this evening. Mike and I work at the New Vaudeville Pizza House on Hughes Road. Bob, here, is his roommate. When we got off work, we couldn't find a place to purchase a replacement, but I will take care of it tomorrow morning, first thing."

He said, "Okay. I won't even give you a warning. Just make sure you take care of it. Drive safely." And he left.

So Mike and Bob, who were both semi-longhaired, were completely puzzled. "How did you do that?"

"Easy. They are human beings. You treat them politely and they will do the same."

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Well, most of the time, anyway Smile
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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There is a twitter hashtag for that, seriously. (You can look it up on twitter.)

#CrimingWhileWhite

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Ah, didn't realize the above just worked for honkeys only Smile
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On Apr 28, 2015, Chessmann wrote:
Ah, didn't realize the above just worked for honkeys only Smile


Doesn't hoyt!
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