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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLT View Post
    I find it interesting that some of the same people who say, "Don't talk to police" are the same people that say, "Just give the officer your ID when he asks for it because you have nothing to hide."
    Showing an ID to make a cop go away in the case of OCing around an audience to not further tarnish the image of gun owners is one thing as long as it doesn't turn into harassment (Ya I know, depending on where you are it might) Getting yourself convicted of a crime just because you opened your mouth is another.

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    What I have learned about how to deal with the police after a defensive situation you need to make sure the police know you are a victim by briefly explaining what happened, that you felt threatened, where the evidence is and any witnesses. Then you explain you will cooperate after you have consulted an attorney. If you don't talk to police they will mark you as a suspect. I recommend Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network, LLC where you can learn about you rights. Also check this video out with Massad Ayoob After a Real Shooting | Guns & Ammo. My .02 cents.
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    As with most people my age (55)I was taught at a young age that police are your friends. Also I used to watch many 'cop' shows and cheared when the cop got the bad guy to confess. Somehow the Constitution was put aside and if it came up anyone who chose to 'remain silent' or exercise any rights was cast in a negative light or accused of hiding something. It seemed that the tv shows were blaming the 4th and 5th amendments. Now we all know there are bad judges who misintrepret the Constution and that is another subject. But it still seems that even on the news anyone who exercises his rights is cast in a negative light. After attending the Post academy in California in the early 1980s I grew more cynical toward leo but still thought they stood for truth and justice. Before anyone thinks Im a cop hater Im not. But if a leo pulls me over how do I know if its a good or bad leo? For several years Ive lived in a small town in eastern Washington and about a year ago there was an incident that changed my way of thinking about cooperating with leo. On my last day of being vice-president of an orginazation one of the members wanted to remove some of his personal belongings from the building and informed me and the president according to the rules. He claimed his car was too small so I had him load his things in my truck which he then unloaded at his home. I was just trying to be helpful. A few hours later I recieved a call from the local police chief who sounded quite agitated. He said the treasurer of the orginazation claimed this stuff was stolen. I invited the chief to come to my house to straighten things out. He came by and had a big chip on his shoulder. He used such lines as "help me understand and just tell me what happened then it will be ok" and "You have nothing to fear" and "if you have nothing to hide just cooperate" and I believed him. As it turned out the treasurer who I strongly suspected of not being honest with the orginazations funds and involved with other shenanigans involving money around town.and a friend had complained to the police. In the spirit of cooperation I explained to the chief about the member removing his things and that the president of the orginazation had been notified according to the rules. The chief then turned 'bully' and threatened to "put the hooks on me and take me in" unless I returned the stuff. I again explained that the stuff was not at my house and since there was a problem contact the president(he never did) and contact the member(he never did) who it belonged to. The chief did not listen and said if I did not get the member to put back the stuff I WOULD BE ARRESTED! The treasurer claimed the stuff belonged to the orginazation. Terrified I managed to get hold of the member who agreed to put the stuff back and interestingly he had enough room for the stuff in his car unlike when he claimed he neeeded my truck to remove the stuff. Well the story made the paper and in 3 separate issues did 3 very biased stories about me. I also found out that the chief, the treasurer and her friend, the newspaperman were not only friends with each other but had a meeting with the member who wanted to remove the stuff. I know a long story. I contacted a out of state friend who was a lawyer who informed me that the chief was 'blowing smoke' and there was no grounds for any charges and that I was foolish to talk to a cop without a lawyer. In the end there was no charges and it retroactively became apparent to me that the chief was bullying, threatening, lying, trying to intimidate me and had no case whatsoever and was perhaps helping to cover up something else. He and the others are part of the 'good ol boys club' that run the town. Well a year later I have been excluded from almost every group and event I was involved with and every job Ive applied for Ive been turned down. The man who took the stuff and put it back got a city-wide award of the year and I found out he is a 'white sepratist' and admires Hitler. So here I am honest and with NO crimminal record(not even a parking ticket) being shunned by the town and with no job. My wife works at a fast food restraunt which is our sole income. A year later people still ask me if I was in jail(no I wasnt and not charged) and call me a thief. Yes I am moving as soon as I can sell my house. All this because I was honest and in a spirit of cooperation talked to the police. Some people believe we should cooperate with leo's. I did and look what happened. I have since educated myself and saw the videos that were refered to at the start of this thread almost a year ago. I agree100% with them. If confronted by an leo whether open carrying my pistol(I still have my guns) or for any other reason I will only do what I am legally required to and nothing else. I have a new appreciation for the 4th an 5th amendments to our great Constitution. Those amendments were designed to protect ALL of us from the immense power of the state and now I understand them much better. THOSE RIGHTS BELONG TO ALL OF US AND IF WE DO NOT USE THEM WE WILL LOSE THEM> . And please if you are a honest leo do not take it personal or as a sign of disrespect or think I must be guilty of something when I exercise my rights. I have had a bad experiance with a bad leo and I have no idea if you are good or bad. Police need to obey the law also. I honestly think there was some kind of conspiricy and wish the law could help me. Hey NavyLT if you or anyone else know a good lawyer in Washington State let me know. I need one badly.

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    Ben Franklin once said, "Its the innocent who need a lawyer, let the guilty lie for themselves."
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  6. My lawyer says the average citizen's best weapon is the ability to memorize and recite this poem.

    "I refuse to consent to any search of my premises, the location of my arrest, my car or effects. I wish to exercise my rights under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to remain silent and to have my attorney present during any questioning or lineup. If you ignore my exercise of the rights and attempt to procure a waiver, I wish to confer with my attorney prior to any conversation with the law enforcement agent on the subject of waiver."

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    Who me? Did not do it, you did not see me do it and my attorney said I did not do it. Most folks hate attorneys until they need one, let your attorney do the talking and shut up.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare45 View Post
    Who me? Did not do it, you did not see me do it and my attorney said I did not do it. Most folks hate attorneys until they need one, let your attorney do the talking and shut up.
    You do realize that saying you 'did not do it' is actually saying something. I think what the OP is trying to say is that you should not even say that much. How many celebrities have been convicted for lying in lieu of whatever actual crimes they committed.

    Look at the baseball scandal, Mark McGwire faced no criminal charges specifically because he did not deny taking illegal steroids. Had he denied taking steroids, instead of pleading the 5th to refrain from incriminating himself, he would be in the same boat as Barry Bonds.

    What about Martha Stewart, she was convicted for lying and obstruction of justice, but not for the insider trading charges that were the initial cause of her investigation. Had she taken her lawyers advice and plead the 5th instead of professing her innocence, she could have avoided prison entirely.

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    Carry a Business Card in Your Wallet

    I carry my attorney's card in my wallet with his cell number on the back. Even as a sworn State Constable I will not discuss a confrontation without my attorney present. No exceptions! Any good PBA (FOP) attorney would give you the same advice. There are over zealous DAs everywhere. Some spend a great deal of time trying to get their names in the papers.

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    End of my sentance said it best shut up and let your attorney do the talking. Peace, Love, Colt 45.

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    And do not open your door to the cops or make a sound. SCOTUS ruled Monday that that gives the cops free rein without a search warrant. Kentucky vs King.

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