Kenny Suitter never surrenders his 5th Amendment Right to remain silent. His numerous recorded encounters with police, in which he answers cop inquiries with “I don’t answer questions” have racked up millions of views. Now, in an instructional YouTube video, Suitter explains his motivations and teaches everyone how to handle each and every police encounter.
He explains exactly what “I don’t answer questions” means:
It means exactly what it says. It means you shouldn’t answer questions, zero, not one, nada, zilch.
Suitter says the reason why you shouldn’t answer one solitary question posed to you by police is very simple, yet it has everything to do with protecting oneself.
Your answers could be incriminating without you even knowing it. In fact, it’s exactly what they’re looking for, for you to make a mistake, so they can give you a field sobriety test, search your vehicle, or worse.
His advice is very simple:
So don’t be stupid, keep your mouth shut, and don’t stick your foot in your mouth.
For those citizens who are afraid to follow Suitter’s advice and model his behavior, he says they should not be. “Don’t be afraid to use those words,” he says.
They’re okay to use. It’s the law. Your forefathers died to give you that right, so let’s not forget that and let it [your 5th Amendment Right] got to waste.
Suitter then quotes from the U.S. Bill of Rights, specifically the 5th Amendment. It reads:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Suitter believes so strongly in his rights that he never answers any question from any police officer, at any time, and he advises you to do the same.
That means you do not have to say anything to anybody, especially the law, for any reason, If you don’t want to.
The citizen who’s now internet famous for the words “I don’t answer questions” tells anyone who will listen that using those words when contacted by police sends a very clear message to law enforcement:
You’re informing that officer that you know your rights and you’re not afraid to exercise them. You’re also informing him that he needs to stop this line of questioning immediately.
Suitter compares his catchphrase to “cop repellant in a spray can“. Rhetorically he asks, “And isn’t that what you want, for that officer to walk away from you?” “You’ve gotta love it,” he says adding, “I don’t answer questions.”
He says in some cases the police simply don’t know how to respond to it when you say you don’t answer questions. But more importantly, just as TFTP has encouraged all of its readers to do, Suitter says, “You should videotape your encounters with police.” “If you don’t,” he says, “it’s your word against theirs and we all know how that goes.”
For evidence that Suitter’s practice works, below is a compilation video of all the times he’s proven it. The results are nothing short of epic.