How Not to Get Arrested in Miami Beach: A Guide for Justin Bieber
Could Justin Bieber have gotten off with just a few traffic citations and been allowed to go his merry way, thus avoiding the public carnival that became his first arrest? We can't say for sure, but he certainly didn't help his chances by pretty much doing everything you're not supposed to do when pulled over by a Miami Beach cop.
1. Don't do anything illegal or suspicious.
Duh, moving on.
2. Once pulled over, be polite. Don't ask questions. Certainly don't swear at police.
Prosecutor and former Miami-Dade Police officer Dale Carson gave the Atlantic Cities tips on how not to get arrested. Chief among them is to be polite to cops.
"If cops lean into your space and blast you with coffee-and-stale-donut breath, ignore it," Carson writes. Same goes for if they poke you in the chest or use racial slurs. "If you react, you'll get busted." Make eye contact, but don't smile. "Cops don't like smiles." Always tell the truth. "Lying is complicated, telling the truth is simple."
Bieber was defiant with the officer who pulled him over. He asked the officer questions like "Why the fuck are you doing this?" and "I ain't got no fucking weapons. Why do you have to search me? What the fuck is this about?" There's no faster way to piss off a cop than swearing at him and not respecting his authority.
3. Don't fidget.
Even when you're pulled over for the most minor of offenses, officers, especially in Miami Beach, want to make sure you're not going to pull out a gun and shoot them or something. One time I got pulled over for exiting a well-lit garage at night without my lights on. Once the officer walked away with my license and registration, I began sifting through my glove compartment to make sure I had given him the most recent registration. (I hadn't.) He was back in a second to yell at me to stop. It's really no surprise, then, that the officer in this case was concerned that Bieber kept putting his hands in his pocket, which prompted a pat-down (which caused Bieber to curse more). Honestly, if you get pulled over, just keep your hands at your sides as much as possible.