We have to understand what we're dealing with right now. We are literally in a state of war, where our black bodies are considered to be offensive weapons for so many people. We have to condition ourselves and train ourselves in, how do we deal with these type of situations when they occur because they happen so often.
Damario: What we all need to realize when you have interactions with the police, if you're not under arrest, you can walk away. Ask the officer, 'Am I under arrest?'. If they say 'No', leave, period. You don't have to comment, or say 'I know my rights'. Know your rights by exercising your rights. If they say, 'Can I search you?', say 'No' and then say, I want my attorney. Don't say anything else because it's going to put you in a bad situation. Period!
Also, as soon as the cuffs come on, or even before that, the only thing that you need to say to an officer is, 'Lawyer'.
(in regards to officers speaking out against police brutality):
"Some of us do...What happens is, we either get fired, we get drummed out in some other way, or we end up just moving on."
"The system is designed to keep those of us who are trying to fight from the inside, from making any headway."