What you should buy before you start a conversation with a police officer is the story of the incident.
The story of an officer’s actions or behavior is not an excuse to ignore your constitutional rights or engage in criminal behavior.
In fact, it’s essential to your legal defense if you are arrested and charged.
It is your right to remain silent and to avoid incriminating yourself.
Even if you don’t agree with a cop’s decision to arrest you, the fact that he or she did not follow the law is not enough to be guilty of a crime.
And that’s the real reason why the police use this tactic.
There is a big difference between arresting a citizen and assaulting a citizen, and it is up to you to decide whether or not you want to be charged with a crime in the first place.
This article is adapted from the April 27, 2019 issue of New York magazine.