Ed. Note – Good article about common courtesy for those that are “activists”. Remember, in an altercation of any sort, non-violence is always the answer. One thing I do when I am pulled over for whatever reason by a police officer is to wait and not move erratically toward the glove box, right off the bat it gives a sense of “shadiness” and the officer will more than likely be more lenient if you wait until he/she arrives at your car window. And at the same time, I never forget to ask them the reason I was pulled over, it is your right to know and they have to give you a reason. But that’s off topic from this article really, I enjoyed what it said. Read on grasshopper…
From The Rocky Mountain Collegian
By Kathleen Harward
Two weeks ago, this column gave you Student Legal Services’ “golden rule” when it comes to your behavior during a police confrontation: “Be Smart, Be Nice and Be Quiet.”
We’ve been challenged that our advice — to stay quiet, to not incriminate yourself and to not consent to warrantless searches — encourages you to be irresponsible, to violate others’ rights and to be uncooperative with authority in order to get away with it.
First, our advice applies to behavior during a police confrontation. It does not conflict with another golden rule, which is the Golden Rule that we also advise for your daily dealings with people. We all know this rule. It appears to exist in every religion and culture. For example:
Confucianism: “Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.”
Buddhism: “… a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?”