This police officer got angry with me because I knew the law, says caller

Have you ever been arrested or stopped by the police?

If so, how was your case handled?

Did you show the police your knowledge of the law and did that get you into even more trouble?

Read: I can't unwhite myself - caller to Eusebius during fiery white privilege debate

Eusebius McKaiser and callers share their stories of how they dealt with the police.

I was arrested for dagga possession, appeared in court and I didn't know what was going to happen. When I went to court I saw this man wearing a tie and I assumed that he was probably a lawyer or a police officer. I went to him and greeted him nicely, and I said: 'Sir, I am aware that sections of the Drug Trafficking Act have been amended.'

Prince, Caller

He says when he started speaking about the law to the man - who he later learned was a police officer - became very angry.

He said: 'Don't concern yourself with these acts and stop speaking English to me. These acts are not for you; don't concern yourself, you know too much. He was angry with me because I knew the law.

Prince, Caller

I was taken aback at the fact that this man was angry that I as an ordinary citizen knows sections of the Drug Trafficking Act.

Prince, Caller

McKaiser also weighs into the conversation and says when he was a law student, often times he loved to tell the police that he knows about parts of the law.

Ten to 15 years ago I was that forward person who would tell the cop: 'Mr Officer let me tell you about what Criminal Procedure Act 71 of 1977' and of course that doesn't help either.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Eddie says he was stopped for driving 140 km/h in an 80 km/h zone and because he knew he was in trouble, he had to be nice to the police officer.

I was caught with my pants down, and I knew I was in trouble, so I rolled down my window, and as the lady officer approached, I was very nice to her and said: 'Hello officer I know I was speeding'. I told her a little white lie and said I just picked this car up from the dealership and I am going to brand it for a DJ. She looked at my licence and said don't do it again and I said thank you, officer.

Eddie, Caller

Other callers also shared their stories on how they dealt with being stopped by police officers.

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