From the LA Times, if the police arrest you, first thing to ditch is the cell phone?

From Eliot Bernstein, this article explains how some protestors, who engage in peaceful protest, work to protect citizen’s rights, are first advising to ditch cell phones when arrested.

Technically, an arrest is anytime the police start talking to you and you believe you must respond and cannot walk away.  You should always ask the officer, “may I leave now?”  If the answer is “no” at anytime, you’re under arrest.  And it’s not that I don’t love talking to strange and new police officers, but you have to be sure to talk about the weather, tell jokes, ask if you can help them with anything, ask if they’d like a free knitting or crocheting lesson, but general talk about crimes and criminality is off limits.  I just tell them I’m not a PD or prosecutor, so I don’t know anything about X so I can’t answer any questions, but if they send me interrogatories in written form, I’d be glad to answer them in 30 days.

In any case, keep a lock on your cell phone.  Do NOT leave it unattended.  DO use Google cell phone wiper if it gets out of hands which enables you to wipe your cell phone remotely. DO fill your cellphone with stupid stuff like pet videos and junk no one is interested in.  I like to fill my computer files and cell phone with knitting and crocheting patterns and videos, so that would keep them busy learning the strange instructions like 3tr, 2dc, repeat * to *, use Tunisian hook, pm, etc..  I”m sure they’re think it a great secret code to take hours to unravel.

Regardless, here;s the article and thanks, Eliot:

I do, however, think the key to getting better behavior out of our police, which means better behavior from citizens on the street, because police should be the example, is to require them to either go to the law library for 2 hours each week or do 2 hours of online study of caselaw and statutory laws.  It would solve a lot of the problems we are seeing now with police over reaching, abusing authority and then the city, county, states or feds pay for it.

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