I’ve seen a lot of videos as well as many others but in this particular video I asked a question and nobody ever gives me the answers to it and my question hopefully will go and not unanswered in this group because it’s very hard we’re getting harder to defend the police with all of these videos that I know are edited but still it doesn’t always appear to put the police in a good light. My question is this, when you were approaching somebody that may have a warrant or that you are planning on arresting for whatever reason, and they ask a question why what did I do, nobody ever answers them until they say they’re already in handcuffs. Why not just answer that person’s question, it’s not like they’re not going in handcuffs one way or the other but by not answering the question of the alleged suspect it seems to escalate things so why not just answer the question and go from there. Like I said, it’s not like they’re not going away in handcuffs with you regardless but I’ve seen this on TV I’ve seen in videos etc. people always ask why and the officers almost always say “will get to that.” When you give them answers like that it seems to enraged him and make a bad situation worse so why not just explain why you’re taking them and D escalate a situation before it starts? I seriously would like to understand the reasoning behind this?
By not doing so and saying will get to this later or will get to that later I mean, it almost appears as though the arresting officer officers have to have a little power trip moment for them selves I’m sorry I can’t explain it any better than that Thanks for your time and help answering this question, and of course, thank you for putting your lives on the line daily to keep our country and its citizens safe from harm and evil people. It’s not set often enough but we appreciate you more than you know and more than is ever said! Respectfully, David

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

First, it's a matter of law. Similarly, if an officer pulls someone over for speeding, and the officer asks for license and registration, but the driver says "why?," it's not required that the officer explain him or herself. The officer may, but you don't adjudicate on the highway; that's done in court.

Secondly, it might also be a matter of safety. If there is a warrant for arrest, all the paperwork is already in place. Getting a perp into handcuffs quickly can be much safer than starting an argument or delaying things and letting the perp try to figure out a plan of escape.

Just my opinions; not an LEO.


Jim's answer is correct. The reality is that people know exactly why they are being stopped. The common way to get an advantage is to distract; that is the purpose of their questions. In my experience, hooking someone first always works out better. Answering their questions is the quickest way to a fight/flight/argument.

It's really simple: "You are under arrest, turn away from me." If they don't do what they are ordered to do I will immediately use the amount of force that is required. I'm not there to discuss, cajole or reason with them. I'm there to take them into custody and transport them to jail.

The idea that an Officer needs to explain his/her intent and reasoning is a millennial myth. On the street? Do exactly as instructed. Go to Court and cry, whine and give excuses.

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