Getting arrested can be a very humiliating and frustrating experience. However, if you get arrested you must control your words and actions. Here are a few things you should keep in mind during an arrest:
1. Watch what you say to the police.
We discussed why you should remain silent during an arrest in Arrest Tips, Part 1. Remember to be polite and respectful during your encounter with the police. Do not argue, complain, yell or use foul language. Never threaten a police officer.
2. Do not run away.
Follow the police officer’s directions. Surrender peacefully.
3. Never touch a police officer.
Do not bump up against, push, hit, kick or make any physical contact with an officer. In fact, do no make any sudden movements. Keep your hands where the officer can see them.
If the arresting officer is being physically abusive towards you, do not fight back. Physical resistance may cause the officer to become more aggressive. If you get injured during the arrest, seek medical attention immediately. Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible and file a written complaint if you feel that your rights have been violated.
Remember: Stay calm. Be polite. Do not resist arrest.