Oh okay. If it's a "hey can talk to you" i ignore them usually with varying results. The last three times I talked to them was when a former acquittance of mine called in fake wellness checks on me (claims I was suicidal) so the coppers have to come. In those situations I answer some their questions and ask them annoying questions. I don't think I've ever been confrontational or abrasive with a cop (I don't see the point) unless I was blitzed out of my mind and don't remember. I'm normally polite, for the most part.
I tend to get a bit mouthier than is probably for the best. I know how to play the head down game, and have had to do so professionally at times, but I hate it so much that it is hard for me not to exercise some of the privilege I have as a white dude who knows the law well enough to not cross the line.Because of this it mostly comes out in day-to-day interactions: the cop who is just directing traffic, etc. Does it change anything (their career choices, my feelings...)? No. On the other hand, sometimes I like for people I hate to know I hate them, and to know that maybe I just made a normal day a little shittier for them.edit: that is not about them confronting me, but about me displaying hostility. at generally unexpected times. In more, er, confrontational moments I actually try to both get much more calm, (like dot) give them as little information as possible, and yet not cede my hostility towards them. An example I've experienced in the past might be a protest/demonstration where pepper spray has been deployed: most people ratchet up their emotions and fight/flight response comes out, with very little thought to how police have trained to deal with exactly these emotional outbursts (er, righteous expressions of our outrage). While most people start to scream at the cops, I tend to become much more quiet. My experience of group dynamics is that a group that is not shouting, chanting, etc. is often far more intimidating.