A new short docudrama, “10 Rules for Dealing With Police,” from the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Flex Your Rights, dispenses free legal advice with no-holds-barred dialogue. The Washington Post says that the producers, Washington residents Steven Silverman, 33, and Scott Morgan, 30, created the film to help people in urban areas understand their constitutional rights. It opens with an unfortunate but common scene: A young black man in a little red car, rap music blasting, is driving down a gritty highway at night, minding his own business, thumping to a beat.
A police car pulls behind him. The man becomes agitated as he stops, muttering under his breath, “I am tired of this [expletive].” He violated the film’s rule No. 1 for dealing with police. “As soon as you opened your mouth, you failed the rule with your attitude,” says narrator William “Billy” Murphy, a former Baltimore judge and defense attorney, best known for his role in “The Wire.” Silverman and Morgan, who studied criminal justice, plan to distribute DVDs to high schools, community groups, youth groups, and churches. They spent two years making the film, which cost $110,000 and was funded in part by the Marijuana Policy Project. It was shot in Baltimore. It premiered yesterday at the Cato Institute in Washington.