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BOOK AND DVD REVIEWS
By Various Authors
10 Rules for Dealing With PoliceA 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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