The last time I was scared was a year ago in Mesa, Arizona. I wrote about it in my blog “The Day I was almost Arrested.” To be pulled over by a police officer, told to sit on the ground and put my hands on top of my head was absolutely the scariest day of my life. I didn’t know what was up. I was actually shaking, although I covered it up pretty well. No day has ever filled me with so much fear. I absolutely thought I was going to be taken to jail. As I wrote, if you want to know the whole story go to the above-mentioned blog.
I learned that keeping “your cool” is the best weapon. I did not lose my cool that day. I remained absolutely calm (although I in no way felt calm) and in control of my emotions. I did exactly everything the police officers told me to do. I did not argue. I listened very carefully to everything that was said to me and responded only when a response was needed. Cool is the only way to be when confronted with police officers. No answering back, nothing! Act like a zombie if you have to.
Yes, I’m afraid the situation might arise again. It almost has several times. Again, it will behoove me to remain as calm as possible and not make a scene. It would only make matters worse. And I sure don’t want to end up in a jail cell.
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