|Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert|
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My experience with police forces in the US follows.
When you're polite to an officer, they're polite to you. 1% of the time this isn't true.
When you're belligerent with an officer, they're belligerent with you. 99% of the time this is true.
That is highly dependent on race, geography, and how clean cut one looks. A lot of the time they will come at you belligerently from the start if you live in a s#$$ty area and dress baggy.
What some Americans (and internationals) are calling fear of the police, I call respect for authority (which I have).
I respect authority when I can trust them.
Simple rules, from my point of view:
If an officer engages you, be polite and respectful.
Sure. I'll politely ask if I am being detained, and if so for what reason. If I am not being detained, I will politely ask the officer to stop taking to me.
If an officer issues a directive, follow it.
That depends highly on the directive.
When an officer says, "Hands up!" don't start walking toward them! Put you hands up and be quiet.
When an officer asks for ID, don't invoke the Constitution or Patrick Henry, just show them your ID.
Absolutely not. In my state, I am not required to display ID to a police officer upon request. In fact, I have no legal obligation to identify myself to a police officer at all. As such, I will not be providing so much as my name to the police, much less ID.
When you've broken the law, no matter how trivial or what circumstances you believe mitigate your offense, be contrite and respectful--that doesn't mean you have to admit you did or didn't do anything, but don't be deliberately stupid.
Should go without saying.
When an officer tells you to calm down, or stop cursing at them, calm down and shut up: the officer's demand was explicit and black-and-white; there is absolutely zero chance that they actually meant for you to teach them all the profanities you know, and in as loud a voice as possible.
I prefer quiet noncompliance within the limits of state and local law, anyway.