That’s the advice of Dad, Esquire. It’s the same advice any good lawyer (or honestly candid investigator) would give to both the guilty and the innocent. If the police want to “interview” you, explicitly invoke your sixth amendment right to have legal counsel (an attorney,) invoke your fifth amendment right to remain silent, and then stop talking. Talking to the police is far more likely to hurt you than to help you.
The travelers in this highlight reel take constituional-umbrage at being stopped without probable cause at immigration checkpoints located dozens of miles from the border and they refuse to answer questions. Watching a few of these encounters reveals that the officals in this situation really have no authority to detain these people for questioning, no more than we would have in expecting them to answer these same questions.
- Always be calm and cool.
- You have the right to remain silent.
- You have the right to refuse searches.
- Don’t get tricked into waiving your rights.
- Determine if you’re free to go.
- Don’t do anything illegal.
- Don’t run.
- Never touch a cop.
- Report misconduct: Be a good witness.
- You don’t have to let them in.