The 5 Most Common Myths About Policing

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Abeni Jones
February 13, 2020

Lie #1: Police have to tell the truth

Not only can police lie to your face, it’s a major interrogation tactic! They can lie about anything: that things are “off the record,” that other people snitched on you, about deaths of your loved ones, and even about being cops!

Lie #2: There is a “War on Cops”

There is no “war on cops,” and in fact police are safer than they’ve ever been. Policing also isn’t the most dangerous job: roofers are 10x more likely to die on the job, and even taxi drivers are more at risk than cops!

Lie #3: Police are effective at solving crime

Less than half of people who experience crime report it to police. That’s probably because only a quarter of all crimes actually get “solved.” And cops are even LESS effective when the victim is Black!

Lie #4: Explaining your innocence to cops will help you

You should NEVER talk to the cops. Ever! EVERYTHING you say will be used against you.

Lie #5: More Black cops will curb police brutality

More Black cops doesn’t help. In fact, it can make things worse, because Black cops want to “fit in” with their white colleagues!

Don’t let anyone use these lies to get you in trouble or sabotage the movement. We have to spread the TRUTH if we’re gonna get free!

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