We all recognize the need for effective law enforcement, but we should also understand our own rights and responsibilities — especially in our interactions with the POLICE!!!
BUTT (Big Fat Nasty Racist Killer Cop But); the Saturday, August 9, 2014, shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old FERGUSON, MO-native MICHAEL BROWN at the hands of FERGUSON POLICE Officer DARREN WILSON that occurred in BROAD DAYLIGHT, along with the other young people displayed in the above photo collage, demonstrates that those same rights do not guarantee our surviving a police stop.
The NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (NYCLU) provides these suggestions for what you can do if you ever are Stopped, Questioned, Arrested, or, Injured during your encounter with the POLICE.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE STOPPED BY THE POLICE:
- Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and emotions.
- Don’t get into an argument with the police.
- Never bad-mouth a police officer.
- Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you.
- Keep your hands where the police can see them.
- Don’t run.
- Don’t touch any police officer.
- Don’t resist even if you believe you are innocent.
- If you complain at the scene, or tell the police they’re wrong, do so in a non-confrontational way that will not intensify the scene.
- Do not make any statements regarding the incident.
- If you are arrested, ask for a lawyer immediately.
- Remember officers’ badge numbers, patrol car numbers and physical descriptions.
- Write down everything you remember ASAP.
- Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
- If you are injured, take photos of the injuries as soon as possible, but make sure you get medical attention first. Ask for copies of your medical treatment files.