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Old July 7, 2016, 06:30 PM   #48
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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Having a LEO as a father, his advice (from decades ago) was to get out of the car, walk to the rear fender, and stand quietly with your hands where the officer can see them
That pretty much went by the wayside in the 1990s. They prefer you remain in the car now.

Why then introduce an extra fear for the cop when it is totally unnecessary?
In a normal interaction, most LEO's appreciate being told, so long as it's done in a manner that's not intimidating.

(There's a difference between "I have a gun" and "I have a holstered pistol on my right hip and I'm licensed to carry.")

That said, there are several factors in this incident that were anything but normal.
Sometimes it’s nice not to destroy the world for a change.
--Randall Munroe
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