Please keep this circulating. Cops are getting more and more brazen, know your rights!
especially relevant for minority folks
know your rights and stay safe
A lot of this is important, sure, but the first few panels just look like bad advice and methods to accidentally arouse more suspicion.
I don’t understand why you’d want to act guilty by refusing basic information (the photo suggests giving no more than your name and address), because that could potentially invite an officer to detain you for longer.
The first thing to do is NOT to ask if you’re free to go, but to remain calm and ask why they need to speak to you. I can’t comment on the U.S., but most cops in the U.K. will be polite back to you if you’re polite to them. I’ve been detained on several occasions and released after a few minutes, with most officers apologising to me at the end of it.
The bottom line is, if someone has an authority complex or is going to try and profile you, flipping out is not an effective way to stop them or de-escalate the situation.
smart advice from Rana.
IMO, some of these rabidly anti-cop people are just going to cause more trouble for themselves by automatically adopting such a confrontational attitude. but I suppose it also depends on how the police officer is treating you at the time as well.
[but enough serious talk, now I want to make snarky smartarse replies]
why limit it to just police officers? If someone I don’t like approaches me and starts talking, I will be all “AM I FREE TO GO?”
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Guys we have all seen the little smart asses in videos. They try and be all tough and shit they get what is coming to them. Don’t disrespect an officer of the law ok. Don’t be a smart ass and act like you know everything. I am on the side of the cops. One I have family that is in law enforcement and two my boyfriend use to be a sheriff deputy. Yes I am also not stupid and know there are cops how step over the line.
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