Apparently exercising my rights was rude and unwelcomedSubmitted by jmar on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 20:44
So tonight I was pulled over for speeding, and the officer asked the classic question: "Do you know why I pulled you over?" I replied by saying nothing, exercising my right to remain silent. He then asked again, "Do you know why I pulled you over?" Once again I replied by saying nothing. He said, "Are you okay, sir?" I replied, "Don't I have the right to remain silent?" He replied, "You most certainly do, sir!" He then went back to his car and came back a few minutes later. The officer asked me to step outside my car, and I did just to be polite (I had the right to remain in my vehicle). The officer asked if I had been drinking, and I had not (only water). He said, "You know sometimes people like to be a little smart (rude). I was going to give you a warning at first since it's Christmas and all, but I changed by mind." So he gave me the ticket, and we went on our way.
So why was exercising my right to remain silent considered rude? Shouldn't he be proud?