There’s no denying it anymore – police in the US have become a liability to most situations and societies. Year after year, they manage to clock up a four digit figure of killings, where a disturbing number of bodies are found to have been no threat – no weapon, in other words, or weapons that were of no threat to the officers. In the last couple of years, this behavior and modus operandi has triggered violent and costly rioting, the demise of political figures, now even travel warnings causing losses to the travel, lodging, accommodation and restaurant industries, as well as airlines and travel agencies, and not to mention, the immense loss of life. While you may not be able to, single handed, do much about this situation, you should concentrate on making sure you and your family are safe. But how?
1: Don’t call the police.
In the current climate and situation, you simply cannot call upon the police to come “rescue you”. They should be treated like an exclusively administrative matter, for filing reports and shuffling paperwork.
As much as possible, tying the police to their desks will prevent them from being on the streets, and thus make you and anyone/anything you love, safer. Seeing as any police department’s budget is limited, an accumulated and accumulating amount of paperwork will make sure patrol times are limited.
Defending yourself is not always an option, but constructing new (or rather, reconstructing old) ways of safeguarding yourself will be the only way to make sure that you avoid police contact as much as possible. Using this site as your resource, you can make sure your home and car, and thus your free time, travel and commutes are as safe as possible.
2: Never cooperate with police.
Never? Never. Witnessed a crime? Do as little as possible, while still fulfilling your civic duties and the the letter of the law. Never talk to or allow yourself to be questioned by police without your lawyer present. Demand a public defender whenever the police contacts you.
This, in turn, will increase both the administrative and budget pressures on police, forcing them to spend more of their budget and personnel time on papers, lawyers and reports.
Victim of a crime? File police reports, and force an investigation as far as possible. In many cases, police departments are obliged to answer any inquiries and requests, and in some cases, they are bound by both policy and law to reply within certain time limits. Should you be detained or stopped on the street, and unless the law specifically you states that you have to, do not identify yourself or answer questions. Remember that in most states in the US, the police cannot demand that you identify yourself without a very specific and articulable suspicion that you’ve actually committed a crime. Depriving them of their reference points in reports and intelligence gathering will make for a severe time obstruction in the long run.
3: Self-video surveillance
Using a body camera has been one of the best things to happen to police work in a long, long time, but as we’ve seen, officers often, very often in fact, neglect or “forget” to turn their body cameras on – especially when it suits their purpose. Having your own body camera doesn’t have to be a big deal – small and very concealable units are available to anyone, and can be had for only a very small fistful of dollars.
While it may seem like a little bit of an “overkill” to outfit yourself with a camera to record your daily interactions, it has become a simple precaution to make sure you have an independent record of any interactions with police, if any. Dashcams and home surveillance is also strongly recommended.
In a society that becomes more and more dependent on camera surveillance, it is highly suspicious that police officers and law enforcement fail to use it – both to their advantage and disadvantage. And it is in that respect that you should be ever more vigilant about using your own opportunities to document what happens around you, and how the “authorities” exercise their powers over you and others.
Protecting yourself from something is about more than taking active measures against it. The number of people killed by US police in the last few years dictates taking some measures to minimize even the chance that you encounter police. Now, sabotaging police directly is never an option, since that would be very much illegal, but tying up their resources in legitimate work is never illegal. Filing police reports in itself will open you up to some measure of police interaction, but most of it will be administrative.
Above, we’ve detailed some ways to tie up their resources, and as more and more people do these things, less money can be spent on militarized equipment and settlements for wrongful death suits, handcuffing officers to their desks.
Some other ways to spend police administrative resources are through filing FOIA requests, as comprehensive as you like, demanding follow-up and other public information, and combating warnings, fines and fees in court.
If you have other suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and remember to spread the word. Security is for Everyone, and as much – if not more – important than “officer safety”.