Given the Sandra Blank incident I mentioned yesterday, it seems like it would be useful to have emergency attorneys available for people being pulled over by police. We've all heard the adage "A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client." But that's exactly what happens when a cop pulls you over. For most of us, it's much easier to advocate for others than for ourselves. We tend to be more emotional than an independent advocate. And we don't know the law as well.
So, I propose an emergency number, like 911, that people could call when a cop pulls them over and they think it might go badly.
Let me also say that there are cops and there are cops. Many become police officers because they sincerely want to protect the public. Even some of this group, unfortunately, have an image of the bad guy they are protecting the public from, that arises from the prejudicial stereotypes Americans have been saturated with by every part of our culture (media, schools, family, churches, courts). Another group of cops became cops because they needed a uniform and a gun to make them feel important. It's way past time for good cops to call out the bad ones, and also to expose the structural barriers to doing that. Things like the police code of silence.
Meanwhile, here's something on your rights when stopped by the police.
And an old post on Our Rights To Film Cops In Public
By the way, California recently passed a SB411 specifically making it legal to photograph or record police in public if someone is where they are legally allowed to be. From what I can tell, it's waiting for the governor's signature.