I think all Americans need to discuss this attitude of police that whenever they stop you that you instantly give up all your rights and must submit to however you are treated with no complaint or objection! They seem to feel that you must obey their every command without delay like a robot or slave (someone without any rights). There is no presumption of innocence anymore nor respect for it either.
There is an attitude among police that if you even object to what they are doing then that makes you fair game to being assaulted or sadly even killed because you did not obey orders instantly!
Yet they’ll excuse their own behavior by saying it is just a job and they are just human beings and need special consideration because they don’t want to risk getting hurt. Yet police in most European countries do not act this way towards their fellow citizens.
Police are your friends we are told… it doesn’t look like even the police believe that anymore.
Mutual respect would be nice … not risking death because you didn’t feel like answering why you are standing where you are standing on a public street. My point is that Americans have to clearly define and discuss what exactly are their rights are in relation to the police.
Guidelines should be set out because it is all ambiguous and subject to abuse.
Can you object to being searched without cause? Legally (constitutionally) you cannot be searched without just cause. But realistically…can you object to it? refuse it? Can you do ANYTHING about it? Or is your constitutional right merely a joke?
Can you even refuse to answer a cop when you aren’t doing anything illegal but just existing or do you have to justify why you are simply walking along a street?
Do you have the right to argue the injustice of being arrested when you know that you are innocent? Can you object to it SAFELY? Can you even insist that you are innocent without incurring significant risk to life and limb?
Have you ANY real rights anymore in America …
…when a cop decides that he wants to mess with you or needs to fill an arrest quota?