“Proper Etiquette for When You’re Under Arrest”

From “Proper Etiquette for When You’re Under Arrest” by Adam Martin, The Atlantic Wire, April 6, 2012

#1: Be polite, respectful, and professional with the cops, even if they’re being jerks to you.

#2: Don’t say anything to the cops that you don’t have to.

#3: Answer the questions they need to process you.

#4: Don’t claim you’re sick or need medical attention.

#5: Think about the people you might be getting arrested with.

#6: Don’t go along with a group that’s antagonizing police, if you don’t feel like antagonizing police.

#7: Try to make as many friends in the cells as possible.

#8: Don’t antagonize, confront, pick a fight, or cop attitude with anybody else also in custody.

#9: Talk to people [in your cell], but only if they want to.

#10: Don’t call in to work directly from the jail phone.

See the story for more tips.


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