Chris Rock is an incredibly talented writer, producer, and actor. While many kids primarily know him as the voice of Marty in the movie Madagascar and its various spin-offs, those of us who are a bit older may know him as a talented comedian.

A number of years, ago, Rock filmed a fake PSA for his television show, entitled, “How not to get your a** kicked by the police.”

It may not be safe for viewing at work due to language.

Like any good comedy bit, Rock’s video is funny because it draws from larger truths.

In this video, Rock alludes to the fact that some people in the minority community—usually young males—have a very antagonistic stance towards law enforcement, and so Rock offers some very important tips in descending order of importance on how not to escalate an encounter with police to the point force may be applied by the officers.

  • Obey the law
  • Use common sense
  • Stop immediately
  • Turn off loud music
  • Be polite
  • Tell your crazy friend to shut up
  • Get a white friend to ride with you
  • Don’t ride with a mad woman

While it’s easy to blow off the last few suggestions as comedic filler, the first five suggestions will almost always ensure that your interactions with law enforcement go smoothly.

There are, again:

  • Obey the law
  • Use common sense
  • Stop immediately
  • Turn off loud music
  • Be polite

These tips work, as Mr. Rock himself has applied them successfully in three traffic stops this year without getting his butt kicked.

Sadly, all too often people who have a chip on their shoulders against the police go full potato and act out in irrational ways over what should have been a mundane and trivial interaction.

Unfortunately, there are people in this world who have either not seen this video, or who lack the ability to extrapolate from Rocks’ traffic stop example to other kinds of law enforcement interactions.

The high-profile alleged murder of Walter Scott in North Charleston, SC appears to be a perfect example of a situation needlessly escalating. Scott was pulled over by a police officer for a taillight that wasn’t working, and yet he somehow ended up in a fight with an officer, stripped the officer of his taser, and was subsequently shot and killed (apparently unlawfully) as he attempted to flee after fighting the officer.

As our own public service announcement, we’re here to offer up some even more specific tips to avoid even more severe consequences than a beat-down.

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