• What a motorist should do when stopped by a police officer

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    I have no idea if this will work. I have never tried it. I pass this along to our community since I had never before heard of this suggestion, but it seems plausible to me, and, if it works, it would be very helpful. The motorist should give the policeman a sheet of paper with this printed on it:

    I have hearing damage. In order to assist you in performing your duties, please indicate below what you require of me and the legal authority for your demands:
    Officer Name: _____________________________
    Agency Name: ____________________________
    Officer I.D. Number: ___________
    Warrant: Yes ____ No _____
    Detention Status: Detained_______
    Under Arrest/In Custody_____
    Free to go/ Consensual Contact______
    Legal Cause for Detention/Arrest (Specific Violation/Code and Section): ________________________________
    Documents Demanded: Driver’s License___ Vehicle Registration___ Passport ___
    CCW ___ Military Discharge Papers ___ Proof of Insurance ___
    Officer Signature: _____________________
    Date/Time ___________________

    If you are interested in the background of this, how it came to me, etc., keep reading

    Dr. Block,

    Rather than just venting anger at police misconduct and bullying, I
    thought I would try to come up with something constructive. I hope you can
    take a few moments to review my idea and offer whatever comments or
    criticisms you feel appropriate.

    After viewing many youtube videos of citizen/police contacts where ID
    is demanded by the officer without legal cause, I came up with an idea.
    Just give any officer demanding ID the attached piece of paper (remove part
    about hearing impairment if not applicable). The paper asks the officer to
    specify his reason for demanding documents, and forces the officer to
    clarify the detention status of the citizen. This should work well at
    suspicionless stops like border patrol checkpoints and DUI checkpoints. If
    the officer indicates “free to leave/consensual contact” then just leave.
    If the officer indicates “detained,” the officer must spell out the
    crime/violation he is alleging. If they can’t it is an unlawful detention.

    It is important that the citizen should not talk to the officer at
    all; just hand the officer the form and wait for them to hand it back. If
    the officer refuses to complete the form, identify themselves, or specify a
    legal cause for the detention, the citizen can fill in the form themselves
    writing “Officer Refusal” in the appropriate spaces.

    If the officer fills in the form honestly, and has a legitimate reason
    for the detention, then I suggest cooperation. If the officer is unwilling
    to identify themselves or specify in writing their justifications, then the
    form will be valuable evidence in court that the officer was unreasonable.
    This form can be modified to suit each individual’s circumstances (i.e.
    don’t list a CCW or discharge papers if you don’t have them). You could
    also add “I do not consent to any searches or questioning without counsel
    present” to the form if you wish.

    Again, do not talk to or argue with the officer. Just hand them the
    form and watch them squirm if they are detaining you illegally.

    AH
    Retired Deputy Sheriff (22 years)

    Dear AH:

    Wow. Looks reasonable to me. I have no idea if it will work or not. Do you have any experience with this?

    Best regards,

    Walter

    Dr. Block,

    Thank you for responding. Yes, I do have experience in this area. I was a Deputy Sheriff for 22 years in California, back when we were more like Peace Officers (pre 9/11 and Rodney King). I was smart enough to realize that a lot of what we did was bluff, demanding ID from people when we knew they were not required to provide it (i.e. passengers in cars we stopped, witnesses to crimes, people innocently walking late at night). We implied they were required to provide ID, but we knew they were not required to by law. I confess, with great regret Sir, that I was a Statist enforcer.

    After I retired in 2007, I started to re-school myself in libertarian thought after reading Smedly Butler’s book War is a Racket. I had been in the Marine Corps before becoming a cop, both as an enlisted man and Officer, for 5 years of active duty. I don’t believe I ever heard the Marine Corps talk about Butler and his book. I started visiting Lew Rockwell.com., reading Rothbard, Spencer, you, and others. I realized I had been lied to by the State.

    Just a couple of more thoughts about the police contact form. The US public is fed up with police misconduct, and if this piece of paper where properly publicized I think it could cause a shift in the paradigm. Imagine if a large group of people all started simply handing a piece of paper to the police when contacted/stopped/harassed. Imagine if Eric Garner in NY had simply handed a piece of paper to the officer who first accosted him. Or if Michael Brown had a piece of paper like this in Ferguson. The paper forces the officer to articulate the basis for their actions, which they are loathe to do when bluffing their authority. It creates a record.

    However, one of the problems I see with my idea is that it works best if the person remains silent when contacted by the police. The Fifth amendment does no good if the person can’t keep their mouth shut. Many police officers take pride in conning suspects to waive their Fifth Amendment rights. I know. I was taught how to do it with the something called The Reid Technique when I worked in Detectives. The problem is most of the public are too brainwashed towards obedience to the State to actually remain silent when questioned by an authority figure.

    Anyway, thanks again for writing back. I grant you express permission to use or modify my idea any way you see fit if it will advance the cause of liberty from State aggression.

    AH

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    4:07 pm on July 28, 2015