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10 Rules for Dealing With Police

A film by Rubin Whitmore II
Flex Your Rights (2010)
Reviewed by Kenneth W. Chandler II

The DVD entitled 10 Rules for Dealing With Police provides an educational and insightful overview of one’s basic rights and responsibilities when encountering the police in a variety of circumstances. We learn that the first rule is always to “remain calm and cool.” And who better to convey that message than Mr. Calm and Cool himself, legendary trial lawyer and NACDL member William “Billy” Murphy Jr. Murphy narrates as the no nonsense, but endearing criminal defense attorney who engages his class on film, as if it were a jury. The “jury members,” comprised mostly of persons of color, assert their troubles in dealing with police and questions Murphy’s assertions in ways that we all might. “What am I supposed to do if the police break the rules?” a young male asks. Murphy responds instructively to the sometimes “softball” questions in ways that still
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