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Knowing your rights during police encounters

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NEW YORK (PIX11)– 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.

Dr. Lt. Darrin Porcher and civil attorney David Schwartz fill us in with that information.

Below are the list of ‘rights’ and the a list of the proper behavior you should exhibit when being questioned/stopped by police:

What to do if stopped by police (Per New York Civil Liberties):

  • Stay calm and in control, don’t argue
  • Keep your hands where the police can see
  • Don’t run, resist or touch the police
  • Don’t make any statements about the incident
  • Write down everything immediately

Your rights when stopped by police (per New York Civil Liberties):

  • The right to remain silent, to exercise this right you must say it aloud
  • The right to refuse to a search of your personal vehicle or home
  • The right to calmly to an attorney if you are arrested

1 Comment

  • Kamala jenkins

    You cant refuse a search if you are being arrested . What law school did Mr. Schwartz go to the Google school of law. All you are ending up doing is misleading our youth into more charges. Maybe you can train our community in places like Crooklyn or the Bronx to which they support the criminal element. But what about the outside counties where they will aggressively prosecute our black youth. If the police have probable cause they can search your vehicle. Their are quite a few court recognized exceptions regarding a warrantless search. If you want to train our future pharmaceutical businessmen and bank robbers you need to school them correctly.

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