It seems that people dying at the hands of police in America has become routine. Videos of police shooting unarmed people have become more terrifying than any horror movie. Is it possible that the American dream is fading away and turning into a nightmare? The answer is “yes.”

Not expecting such terror to ever happen to them, most people don’t know their rights. This, in turn, allows policemen to do what they want, even if they deviate from what is permitted.

Follow these tips to stop police misconduct in its tracks, if it ever happens to you:

If you are pulled over by the police, refuse a search of your vehicle.

When a police officer pulls you over, they might ask to search your vehicle. As soon as you consent to a search, you’re waving your Fourth Amendment rights, which protect you against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Don’t physically resist or verbally argue with police officer.

If the police officer tells you to get out of your car and you refuse to get up, that’s resisting an officer. In this case, the law will be on officer’s side. Do what he says and follow his instructions. Don’t lie to a policeman, for it is a crime.

Try to remain silent, and if the officer continues to ask questions, try to answer his question with a question.

Here's an example:

Officer: What brings you to this area?

You: Is there a problem? / Did I do something wrong?

If the officer says you are free to go, you should do it calmly and quietly. But if you can’t go, then tell the officer, “I don’t want to talk to you without an attorney present.” Generally, the police officer will not spend his time on you any longer.

If the situation ever escalates, here’s what you can do:

  • Record the interaction. Make sure your recording isn’t physically interfering with what the policeman is doing.
  • Comply with the officer, but report the incident once it’s over. Ask and remember the officer’s name and write it down as soon as you can.
  • If you’re scared, call 911. Make sure your phone is visible to the policeman. If you reach for it without warning the officer first, he may legally pull his gun out and possibly shoot.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that a police officer, in my opinion, is not very smart. The average IQ for a police officer is 104, which is far from a genius. So, difficult and provocative questions may irritate or even offend them, so be careful asking open-ended questions.

These are simple tips that can save your life, or help you avoid an already tensed situation.