No one wants to go to jail. And I have great respect for the men and women who serve in our police departments. But there are some bad apples. And you could be arrested even if you've done nothing wrong, it happens. This might help.

As I stated earlier I have great respect for the men and women who serve our communities in the nation's police departments. Most of them are amazing people who do their jobs to help others, and keep us safe. Thank you to all of you who keep us safe.

That being said, sometimes bad things happen. There are hundreds of cases where someone was arrested even though they had done absolutely nothing wrong. Whether it was mistaken identity, false witness statements, or even racism, people have been arrested for something as simple as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And some of them have spent time in jail despite their absolute innocence. It happens even in west Texas.

There are ways you can reduce the odds of that happening to you. The number 1 thing I would tell people is to be polite and nice to the officer. Some people automatically get angry when they've been pulled over and act upset or angry with the officer. This is a bad move. Be polite because the police are people too, and just being a decent human being will be the best possible way to show you're not any kind of threat to them. That doesn't mean you have to do everything they request, however. They are hopefully just trying to do their job to keep people safe, but you have rights when dealing with the police too. This infographic spells out many of the potential situations, and what rights you have, and an intelligent way to handle the situation. This is NOT a checklist to get out of being arrested for doing something illegal! But it is a handy guide to following the law while protecting your rights as a citizen at the same time, and also not being a jerk to the cops.

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