'10 Rules for Dealing with Police' seeks to teach constitutional rights
The short film "10 Rules for Dealing With Police," a docudrama produced by the D.C. nonprofit Flex Your Rights, dispenses free legal advice with no-holds-barred dialogue.
The producers, D.C. residents Steven Silverman, 33, and Scott Morgan, 30, created the film to help people in urban areas understand their constitutional rights.
From DeNeen Brown's article about the film:
By the time the officer gets to his window and shines the flashlight, the man, having done nothing but switch lanes, is projecting much attitude. He rolls down his window halfway.
"Yeah, I know the drill," he says, this being the fourth time in a year he has been "pulled over for nothing."
"Excuse me?" the officer says.
The man grabs his registration out of his glove box.
"No need for the attitude, bro," the officer says. "I'm looking out for your safety and everyone else on this road."
The man mutters some obscenity.
The officer asks him to step out of the car.
In that instant, he has violated the film's rule No. 1 for dealing with police.
"As soon as you opened your mouth, you failed the rule with your attitude," says narrator William "Billy" Murphy, a former Baltimore judge and defense attorney, best known for his role in "The Wire."
Washington Post Editors
March 25, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
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