Thread: what they say-what it means
10/25/2009 4:40am, #1
what they say-what it means
Due to the popularity of “reality television” shows like Cops, Wildest Police Videos, Stories of the Highway Patrol and the rest, some people my not understand the “language of the street”.
In this language there are many phrases and customs that the unitiated may have difficulty understanding. Some viewers may become confused by the actions of officers when the person they are dealing with seems to sound perfectly reasonable.
Therefore, as a public service I am providing this easy to understand guide. With it the viewer can have a better understanding of what exactly the police officer and his “customer” are saying to each other. Be reassured that in most cases each party knows exactly what the other is saying:
When he/she says—He/she really means:
That’s not mine!—That’s mine.
I don’t have my ID on me.—Im going to lie about my identity.
I didn’t do anything!—I did it.
I swear to God!—I’m about to lie.
That’s not my purse—I have drugs in my purse.
I don’t know his name/I know him as…—I’m about to lie about my friends identity because he probably has a warrant.
I swear on my child’s life!—I’m about to lie.
I’m just driving around—I just came from a drug house.
I don’t have my drivers license on me— My drivers license is suspended or revoked. The judge took my license away from me.
I’m not going to lie to you officer!—I’m about to lie.
I did what? What did you say?— Im trying to think up a lie.
These aren’t my pants!—That’s my dope in the pocket.
“As far as I know” (usually in response to a question about warrants, licenses, presence of illegal items)— I don’t know if the warrant was issued yet. I can’t remember when the protective order expires. I’m unsure if the suspension took effect yet.
I swear on my mothers grave!—I’m about to lie.
I paid for that!—I stole that.
I just got paid/ I won it at the casino/I just sold my car.—That’s my drug sales money.
Why are you hasslin’ me?— Why do I keep getting caught?
This is bullshit!—I hate getting caught.
You only stopped me because I’m (insert group here)!—Yes, I rolled through that stop sign in my tinted up hoop-de with the one headlight out, the door lock punched and a cloud of marijuana smoke emitting from the windows.
I’m just driving around—I just came from the scene of a crime.
I only had 2 or 3 beers—I’m drunk.
I was driving to the store when my old lady called and said that her friend needed to be picked up from the bar, but first I had to stop for some gas so I was going to the station over there when I saw my buddy…..—Im a “verbal diarrhea” liar.
There are people killing each other out there and you guys are arresting me?—I did it.
This car? This car belongs to my friends girl…I don’t know her name— This car is a “crack rental”.
I think I’m having a heart attack! (while in a cell)— I want to spend the night in a hospital bed instead of on a concrete slab with a roll of toilet paper for a pillow.
You didn’t read me my rights!—I’m clueless about criminal procedure and really think that this means my arrest is invalid and you have to let me go.
10/25/2009 8:50am, #2
LOL! Nice list. Looks pretty accurate to me.
10/25/2009 12:31pm, #3
Please define "crack rental" and explain why failure to read someone their "Miranda rights" doesn't constitute an invalid arrest.
10/25/2009 12:34pm, #4
Tgace this made my week man, fucking awesome.You are not free whose liberty is won by the rigour of other, more righteous souls. Your are merely protected. Your freedom is parasitic, you suck the honourable man dry and offer nothing in return. You who have enjoyed freedom, who have done nothing to earn it
10/25/2009 12:51pm, #5
10/25/2009 1:02pm, #6
Regardless, at what point does it become too late if you haven't already read the subject his/her rights?
10/25/2009 1:42pm, #7
However, if the suspect volunteers information on his own, without you interrogating them, then you can use it.
If you have no intentions of interrogating someone, because say you have enough evidence already, then you can arrest them without having to read them their miranda rights.
This whole discussion is basically what the OP is talking about. In America everyone watches Cops so much that they think they know everything there is to know about law and how it relates to arrest. This has happened to the point that American's think that you have to have you Miranda rights read to you, otherwise the arrest will be thrown out in court. This is the problem with watching T.V. and making assumptions about what you see and then believing those assumptions rather than doing simple research on the laws that govern you.
The easiest way to have you rights violated, is to no educate yourself enough to know where they begin and end.
10/25/2009 2:33pm, #8
Thanks for the clarification.
I posted the question because the OP made me realize that, despite the fact that I don't watch Cops (or anything else like it, unless you want to count CSI—which I don't take seriously), I share the common misconception regarding Miranda rights. I also considered that the discussion might be furthered by such an illustration.
10/25/2009 2:39pm, #9
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Thanks, tgace. Well done. Funny stuff, especially the crack rental part.
10/25/2009 2:42pm, #10