Know Your Rights With Police Officers

What makes a police officer powerless? When citizens know their rights!
Police officers hate to hear these words:

“Am I free to go?”
“I’m going to remain silent.”
“I don’t consent to a search.”

You have rights during a traffic stop or during any police encounter. Learn what your rights are and use them!

1.) Your Safety – Start by putting the police officer at ease. Pull over to a safe place, turn off your ignition, stay in the car and keep your hands on the steering wheel. At night turn on the interior light. Keep your license, registration and proof of insurance close by like in your “sun visor.”

Be courteous, stay calm, smile and don’t complain. Show respect and say things like “sir and no sir.” Never bad-mouth a police officer, stay in control of your words, body language and your emotions. Keep your hands where the police officer can see them.

2.) I’m Going to Remain Silent – The Supreme Court says you should never talk to a police officer even if your not under arrest, without an attorney present. The Supreme Court ruled you must speak up and SAY to the police officer “I’m going to remain silent” and then keep your mouth shut even if you’re not under arrest.

3.) Just Say NO to Police Searches! – If a police officer didn’t need your permission to search you, he wouldn’t be asking you. Never give permission for a police officer to search you, your car or your home.

4.) Am I Free to Go? – As soon as the police officer ask you a question ask him, “Am I free to go?” You have to ask if you’re “free to go,” otherwise the police officer will think that you’re voluntarily staying around to talk with him. If the police officer says that you’re being detained or arrested tell the police officer, “I’m going to remain silent.”

Police officers depend on fear and intimidation to get what they want from you and this includes giving up your rights. The government made a law that allows police officers to lie to American citizens.

For the safety of police officers the government allows the police to pat down your outer clothing to see if you have any weapons. If the police officer feels something that he believes is a weapon, then he can go into your pockets and pull out the item he believes is a weapon.

Source: PoliceCrimes

Do not talk to the police

The police are experts at questioning. You give an inch and they will take a mile. A small detail that you got wrong will be used to make you look like a liar. In my view there is no advantage to talking to the police upon your arrest. Remember that if you talk about your innocence to the police some judge down the road at your trial may even say that the story you told at the police station was false and self serving. In my opinion, there is no upside to talking to the police once you have been arrested. It is always much better to wait until trial to tell your side of the story.

Remain silent: what you don’t say can’t hurt you.
You have the right to refuse searches: saying no to searches can’t be held against you.
Determine if you’re free to go: police need evidence to detain you.
You don’t have to let them in: police need a warrant to enter your home.
Report misconduct: be a good witness.

Don’t get tricked: remember, police are allowed to lie to you.

The police have a very long history and pattern of abuse. Do a Google search and you’ll see that this problem is nothing new.

Today’s criticism of LE comes from a total misunderstanding of what is legal for police to do and what isn’t. The real problem is not police brutality but the laws that allow cops to do whatever.

USLEO: Police do not need probable cause to investigate someone or conduct a trash pull (dumpster diving for evidence). Search warrants are based on the totality of the circumstances and a judge determines if those circumstances rise to the level of probable cause. My main point is that the criticism of police, stems from ignorance of the law and criminal procedure. You see an officer punch someone in the face, disregarding all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the arrest, and say, “Oh, that looks bad. He can’t do that! POLICE BRUTALITY!” When, in reality, the officer’s force is reasonable and legal. USLEO: The concept of using force “one step above” that of the suspect has no basis in law. Officers are not required to use the least amount of force necessary to affect an arrest. In fact, police are often trained to use as much force as is reasonable to more quickly affect the arrest to decrease the overall danger. I think a lot of people have a problem with LE because they don’t know why we do the things we do and they don’t know the laws behind it. USLEO: There is nothing unreasonable, and I challenge you to find any case law to the contrary, about an officer using hard handed tactics against an actively resisting subject. I am absolutely saying that those officers’ actions were reasonable. The suspect was not under control. Once he was, all force stopped. This is a felony suspect who fled from police and was physically resisting arrest. There’s nothing wrong with using grappling techniques and strikes to gain compliance and get the suspect under control. There is no safe way to run from the police or resist arrest. USLEO: No, we do not have to fight fair, use a minimal amount of force, or try to prevent injury to the suspect. Ignorance of the law makes a lot of people think that police are doing something wrong. People often think that I can’t talk to a juvenile without their parent’s permission. Not true. People also think we can’t use force against juveniles. Again, not true. USLEO: I don’t have to read you your rights, give you a phone call, use as little force as possible, tell you your charges or explain anything to you whatsoever. I don’t know what kind of experience you have with defensive tactics, martial arts, or fighting. Being in a real-life fight, with no rules, where your opponent has everything to lose is very unpredictable. You can go from winning to losing in a split second. You can’t tap out and if you make a mistake the suspect could end up with access to your weapons. In a case, where the suspect has demonstrated by fleeing that he is not going into custody willingly and an officer comes up and sees that the suspect is resisting arrest and begins punching him in the face, this invokes pain compliance and disorientates the suspect. The goal is not to cause as little pain or injury to the subject as possible, it is to affect the arrest and get the subject under control. By using a high level of force to overwhelm the subject the arrest can be made with less risk to the officers. USLEO: It’s very simple. If a police officer tells you to do something and you don’t, we will force you to do it. That’s how the law works. USLEO: You act as if asset forfeiture hasn’t been going on for hundreds of years. It’s not illegal to have $2 million in cash concealed in the gas tank of your vehicle, but if I find it and I have evidence that it is the proceeds of illegal activity, why would I let you keep it? USLEO: Police officers may use deadly force in four situations:

1) to prevent serious bodily harm or death to themselves.
2) to prevent serious bodily harm or death to another person.
3) to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. 4) to apprehend a fleeing felon where the officer has a reasonable belief that the suspect poses a serious threat to the public or law enforcement.

None of those require a person to be armed. USLEO: I said that I know someone in the military who has told me disturbing stories of how they shoot people when clearing a structure and then go back and kill any survivors. They have also told me stories of practicing first aid on wounded combatants, saying, “I think he’s gonna make it” and then shooting them in the head.

Beat the Police
By Christopher R Rice

Independent Media Center – Great site for news. So great that the government shut the site down for a few days to investigate and steal records.

LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: Current and former members of law enforcement who support drug regulation rather than prohibition.

Fully Informed Jury Association –  Their mission is to inform all Americans about their rights, powers, and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. Jurors must know that they have the option and the responsibility to render a verdict based on their conscience and on their sense of justice as well as on the merits of the law.

Cop Block– Film the police. Record the truth.

The Innocence Project– They work to exonerate the wrongfully convicted through post conviction DNA testing; and develop and implement reforms to prevent wrongful convictions. This Project only handles cases where post conviction DNA testing can yield conclusive proof of innocence.

Who’s a Rat.com – REAL LIFE – REAL PEOPLE largest online database of informants and agents.  Locate a RAT and let’s dispose of these RATS!

The Young Turks – Get The Young Turks​ Mobile App Today!
Download the iOS version here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-young-turks/id412793195?
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Raise The Fist – This was the original site  shut down by our Government,  and is running again by Professor David S. Touretzky at Carnegie Mellon University.  “Mirror Site”

October 22 Coalition – Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation!

Police-State – In A Police State Atmosphere Fascists Will Rise To The Top.

Pursuit Watch – This website for information about high speed police pursuit.

Civilians Down – This site is dedicated to the civilians killed by police officers in the United States.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids– Locate these botched police raids in your state.

Fight Internet Censorship & Protect Online Free Expression

Tapping Officials Secrets –State FOIA laws examined.

RCFP.org – The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Great Site!

Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don’t try to “out smart” a police officer and don’t try being a “smooth talker” because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected.

Quotes: I  think it’s too bad that everybody’s decided to turn on drugs, I don’t think drugs are the problem. Crime is the problem. Cops are the problem. Money’s the problem. But drugs are just drugs.
~Jerry Garcia

For people of color – especially African Americans – the idea that racist cops might frame members of their community is no abstract notion, let alone an exercise in irrational conspiracy theorizing. Rather, it speaks to a social reality about which blacks are acutely aware.
~Tim Wise

Criminal justice, as it pertains to the Goldmans and Morgan Stanleys of the world, is not adversarial combat, with cops and crooks duking it out in interrogation rooms and courthouses. Instead, it’s a cocktail party between friends and colleagues who from month to month and year to year are constantly switching sides and trading hats.
~Matt Taibbi

My own perception of cops was that they came into your neighborhood, they roughed up people that you loved for no reason and took them away. As a child you saw that.
~Sonja Sohn

Touring a segregated America – forever being stopped and harassed by white cops hurt you most ‘cos you don’t realise the damage. You hold it in. You feel empty, like someone reached in and pulled out your guts. You feel hurt and dirty, less than a person.
~B. B. King

There’s a really classic cliche every time you switch the TV on – you see cops arguing. I have spent a day a week for many years in the presence of police and I have never seen them argue. It’s a military hierarchy. They do what they’re told. There’s no bickering.
~Peter James

“I get it,’ said the prisoner. ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop, eh?’
If you like.’ said Vimes. ‘But we’re a bit short staffed here, so if I give you a cigarette would you mind kicking yourself in the teeth?”
~Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

“Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”
~Simone Weil

“Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.”
~Benjamin Spock

“Police business is a hell of a problem. It’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men. So we have to work with what we get…”
~Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake

“The cop wanted to know what was in the bag. I said, Another cop.”
~Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

“I just quit the Please Police. No need to say Thank You or protest or start a riot. But you can buy me a cocktail—and make it a Molotov.”
~Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Know your rights: Police dogs

Sometimes the right smell comes from the wrong thing. Many dogs trained to detect cocaine actually react to methyl benzoate, a volatile byproduct of black-market cocaine that is also an ingredient in perfume, solvents, and insecticide. A girl whose purse was searched due to a dog alert during a 1978 sweep of her high school in Goose Creek, South Carolina, turned out to be carrying a small bottle of perfume. Similarly, acetic acid, which is what dogs smell when they smell heroin, is found in vinegar, various food products, and some kinds of glue; the same odor can be emitted by prescription drugs when they are exposed to air. Piperonal, a smell that dogs associate with MDMA, is used in artificial flavors, perfume, and mosquito repellant. Dogs also may have trouble distinguishing the smell of marijuana from the odors of fir and juniper trees.

FOLLOW the MONEY

It should be obvious why a police officer might value a dog that alerts promiscuously, giving him license to search anyone he deems suspicious. It’s a search warrant on a leash. It’s such an enormous back-door entry into search and seizure without a warrant.

A brief filed by the Institute for Justice in Harris highlights another motive: If a dog’s alert justifies a search, it can also justify seizure of property allegedly tainted by illegal drugs. “There are countless examples of police seizing large sums of cash based on nothing more than a positive dog alert,” the brief notes, even though contamination of currency with cocaine and other drugs appears to be pervasive. Since police departments typically share the proceeds from civil forfeiture, they have a direct financial interest in dogs that facilitate it.

How Even a ‘Well-Trained Narcotics Detection Dog’ Can Be Wrong 84 Percent of the Time

By Jacob Sullum Reason

In my column today, I note that the Supreme Court, ruling for the first time that a drug-detecting dog’s alert is by itself enough to justify a vehicle search, discounted the relevance of a dog’s track record in the field, saying its performance in “controlled testing environments” is a better measure of reliability. One problem with that position is that such tests are often so poorly designed that it’s impossible to say whether the dog is detecting drugs or reacting to its handler’s cues. But even well-designed, double-blind tests grossly exaggerate a dog’s ability to provide probable cause for searches in real-world conditions. As University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill law professor Richard E. Myers explains in a 2006 George Mason Law Review article, the basic problem is that drugs are always present in the testing situation but rarely present in people’s cars. So even a dog that is very good at finding drugs in a “controlled testing environment” will generate a lot of false positives when sniffing randomly selected cars. In fact, Myers says, it is easy to imagine how even a well-trained drug-detecting dog could generate many more false positives than true positives.

Myers concludes that “requiring reasonable suspicion coupled with the dog sniff—whether it is found before the sniff or after—is a simple and practical safeguard for ensuring the presence of probable cause before conducting the search.” Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s decision in Florida v. Harris seems to rule out this sensible, reality-based approach. Read more.

A 1984 operation in which Florida state police stopped about 1,330 vehicles at roadblocks and walked dogs around them. If one dog alerted, another was brought in, and vehicles were searched only if both dogs indicated the presence of illegal drugs. That happened 28 times, but those searches yielded just one drug arrest. In other words, even when two dogs both signaled the presence of drugs, they were wrong 96 percent of the time.

Want more?

October 22 Coalition – Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation!

Police-State – In A Police State Atmosphere Fascists Will Rise To The Top.

Pursuit Watch – This website for information about high speed police pursuit.

Civilians Down – This site is dedicated to the civilians killed by police officers in the United States.