Our criminal justice system works off of reasonable suspicion that a crime has taken place or will take place. The police are not legally allowed to make several types of “orders” without that suspicion. But we know that this isn’t the way it actually works. Black Lives Matter has very successfully made the public aware that African American men and women are accused of crimes simply for walking around — or even staying put in their own homes, where Breonna Taylor was killed while sleeping.
Were you pulled over without cause? The safest thing to do is immediately start recording. Whether you let the officer know the events are being recorded is up to you. You have the right to record an officer anywhere in the country. If you are not provided with a reason for being pulled over, the details will be captured in the video and you can approach a criminal defense attorney to discuss next steps later.