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Your Rights as an American citizen.

The rights given to us by are forefathers are very clear and these rights are for everyone regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.

IF STOPPED IN THE STREET BY POLICE...
REMAIN CALM
DO NOT reach into your pockets.
ASK why you are being stopped.
You can be stopped if:
1. You are running and a crime has just been reported in the
area.
2. You are hanging around with some people who are under
police investigation for one thing or another.
3. You are near an area where a crime has just been reported.
4. You are somewhere where an officer thinks people have no
reason to
be at that time of day or night.
5. You are acting in a way that appears to the officer to be
very
suspicious, and
you act even more suspicious when the officer sees you have
spotted
her/him.
6. An officer thinks that you have stolen property in your
possession.
7. An officer stops you walking and you refuse to answer
simple
questions, give false or evasive answers or make
contradicting
statements.
8. Someone has pointed you out to an officer.
9. You begin to bad-mouth an officer.
DO NOT BECOME LOUD.
KEEP SOME LEGITIMATE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION ON YOU AT ALL
TIMES.
REMAIN SILENT. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF SILENCE, USE IT.
YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION - NEVER
SPEAK
WITHOUT A WITNESS BEING PRESENT.
Remember: Depending upon the circumstances, the officer may
think he/she
has probable cause to stop you or he/she will use any excuse
to harass
you.

WHEN THE POLICE KNOCK AT YOUR DOOR...
IF the police knock at your door and ask to come in,
you do not have to let them in unless,
they have a warrant signed by a judge.
If they have a warrant, ask to see it.

IF IT IS AN ARREST WARRANT,
CHECK the name to make sure they have the right person.

IF IT IS A SEARCH WARRANT,
make sure it is for your specific address.
LOOK to see what is listed on the warrant to be searched for in your home.
IF the warrant is proper,
you must allow them in.
IF the police do not have a warrant,
you may let them in BUT you do not
have to let them in unless they insist on coming in.
Try to settle the issue at the door.
If they do insist over your objections,
then be careful to:
IF you are not sure that they are really police officers ask
for the
name of the highest ranking officer present at your door and
a phone
number where his identity can be verified. Call his/her
command number,
and even 911 so that a record can be established.

FIRST, Ask for a police badge.

SECOND, Ask them what their purpose is in coming into your house.


THIRD, If you object, make sure you tell them you do not
consent to any
search of your home.

FOURTH, Write down the names, badge numbers, physical
description of the
officers and the date and time.
IF the police take any of your property, they are REQUIRED
TO GIVE YOU A
WRITTEN RECEIPT for it.
IF they don't give you a receipt, ask for it.
They are not required to
give you a receipt for the property they intend to book as
evidence such
as stolen property, guns, etc.
The police may also search without a warrant whenever they
have arrested a person.
They may search his person and the area close by
where the arrest was made.

They may also search after consent is given, so if you object,
be sure
to make it clear that you do not agree to any kind of search.

They may also search when there is an emergency
(for example, someone screaming for help inside your home)
or when they are chasing you or someone else into your home.

This is called the EMERGENCY
EXCEPTION.

IF YOU ARE STOPPED BY THE POLICE
IN YOUR CAR...

A Police Officer can ask you to pull over at any time. You
will be asked
for your driver's license and registration.
If she/he asks for this information,
YOU MUST COMPLY.
IF you are stopped - pull over and sit tight.
IF you are stopped at night - turn on your interior dome light.
PLACE your hands on the steering wheel.
PRODUCE your identification when asked.
REMAIN CALM. NO SUDDEN MOVES !!!!


WHEN AN INCIDENT OCCURS...

Whenever an incident involving the police occurs, ALWAYS:
Look at the badge number and nametag of the officers.
Remember it and write it down as soon as possible.
If badge and name are not in full view,
make note of the physical description of the officers.
Look for the Precinct Number or the Division (Transit, Housing, etc.)
This can be found on the brass insignia on the officer's shirt collar.
Make note of the number of officers present.
Make note of any witnesses.
Take note of where you are.
Take note of when (date, time of day) the incident occurred.
A L W A Y S WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

TIPS ON RECORDING AN INCIDENT
Whenever an incident occurs, as immediately as possible,
solicit all the facts.
Speak with all involved and all who witnessed it.
ASK

1. WHEN?
2. WHERE?
3. WHO?
4. WHAT?
5. HOW?
6. WHY?

WHEN DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
The date and time.
WHERE DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
In the home, on the street, in the school?
Be as specific as possible. (IE. the southeast corner of
163rd Street
and Main Road)

WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT?
The victims
The witnesses
Their names, addresses, phone numbers, and a description of them,
what they were wearing,
any weapons involved.
WHAT KIND OF AN INCIDENT?
What started the incident?
What weapon was used?
HOW DID THE INCIDENT GET STARTED?
How was it dealt with?
WHY DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
Write everything down. Be clear. Do not be suggestive,
just ask basic questions.
Ask questions individually away from others to avoid the
confusion of stories.
If possible, try to visit the scene of the incident
with the victim or witness and go over the incident.
Take keen note of the surroundings for comparison with
stories being told.

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