Police intimidation in our country as well as others is more prominent than you think. Not a lot of people/victims complain or at least file a formal complaint against this unclean act. The main reason for this, of course, is intimidation. People are afraid of further harassment so they decide to just keep it to themselves. If ever someone complains, more often than not the case is resolved in favor of the officer and against the complainant. Thus giving the violators (the Police) no fear/threat or whatsoever to commit the act again. Although abusive officers are only a small percentage of the police in duty, other officers who know about the incident, say and do nothing about it to protect the organization as a whole.
Since this is something that is widespread, complicated and possibly political, one person cannot change it, for now all we can do is try to avoid this type of incident.
Your first line of defense against police intimidation is your knowledge. Knowing about your rights as a citizen will give you leverage against people who try to harass you. Get control of the situation by stating the laws that protect us civilians/citizens during certain circumstances. Knowing what you are entitled to and what you can refuse to do will help you make a stand. A lot of the victims of police intimidation are frightened of the authority that the police have because of the lack of knowledge regarding matters involved.
Here’s a list of things that you should remember when with dealing with Police officers:
- Keep calm so you could choose your words and actions carefully and avoid quick movements.
- Avoid getting into an argument or losing your temper. Remember that anything you say or do can and will be used against you.
- Do not run or touch the officer. It can be used as grounds to arrest you.
- Do not resist. Even if you’re innocent and you didn’t do anything illegal, resisting can lead to arresting you.
- Do not complain. If you make a scene or threaten to file a compliant it will only make the situation worse.
- Ask for a lawyer; do not make any statements about the case until you have one.
- Try to write everything down including the officer's name, badge number and patrol car number.
- Look for witnesses. Write their names and addresses for reference.
- In case you are injured because of the incident, document your injuries with photographs and medical reports.
Always remember to remain calm. Like us, there are also certain laws and rules that protect the police, especially when arresting somebody. You have to make sure that you don’t violate these rules and give them a legitimate reason to arrest or detain you. Becoming agitated will only worsen the situation, so stay cool even if you think that you’re being treated unfairly. Bear in mind that they always use threats and intimidation to force you to waive your rights or push you to do something that will give them power and control over you.