Great post from Big Country, OK… I ALMOST Peed Myself (seriously), featuring an ATF agent being an asshole and getting bitched slapped by the local smokies in Columbus, Ohio. Screeching “I’m a Federal agent!” in plain clothing while local cops are pointing guns at you could go seriously wrong. If the cops (or Feds) point a gun at me and tell me to comply, I better fucking comply or they will light me up. Funny this guy doesn’t seem to think he is held to the same standard. I remember the video from last year and it is funny every time I watch it.
It reminded me of this video I have been meaning to share:
Lots of good comments including a few from LEOs. His most important point is this one:
I am all for cooperating with law enforcement in most circumstances when they are making a lawful request but only when you have legal representation present. Especially in the heat of the moment. If you just shot someone in self-defense you are likely either hopped up on adrenaline or just coming down from the adrenaline high, either way you aren’t thinking clearly. You can only hurt yourself by rambling to the cops.
You know how in cop shows the bad guy will ask for a lawyer when he realizes he is in trouble, which makes it seem like the only reason you would want a lawyer is if you have something to hide? What if I told you that you can (and should) have legal representation present even if you are not under arrest?
Don’t go to the police station without legal counsel.
Don’t let them in your home without a warrant and even then contact a lawyer right away.
I hate to feel like that but it is true. There are a gazillion laws and who knows if you are violating some minor bullshit rule without even realizing it?
I am not talking about something like witnessing a fender bender but anytime you are being questioned about you or they want to see in your home, things can go badly without much effort. For your own protection, keep your mouth shut even when (especially when) you feel like blabbing until you get someone professional to watch your back.
That isn’t being anti-cop, it is being pro-common sense and pro-cover your own ass.