No matter what the cop tells you to do, COMPLY, even if you don't think the cop is acting lawfully.
I was just thinking about that an hour ago. Comply now, sue later. Simple. And I would assume if you were a race that is often targeted by police, 'comply now, sue later' would be burned into your brain.
But it seems to me that the people who are not complying, are not rational people. This could be due to a mental illness or other factors beyond their control. At that point, the cop's training is the only thing standing between a harmless encounter and a deadly encounter.
And it is pretty clear that officers need more training dealing with the mentally ill. A guilty pleasure of mine is watching that show 'cops'. I think I lose brain cells watching it... but I do. It is so clear to me that tons of suspects are mentally ill, and the officer is treating them as if their brain is functioning properly. A lot of the time, it almost appears as if the officers are getting enjoyment from running mental laps around the suspects logic. "Why'd you run?", "I was scared". "you know you shouldn't be scared of the cops right?", "but I was scared". "Well now you've got a bunch of extra charges, so that was silly of you, next time don't run", silence. (Yeah, and I know 90% of the time people run it is to get rid of evidence.. I'm referring to the 10%).