"good evening officer, what seems to be your problem?"
- You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
- You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
- If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.
- Do stay calm and be polite.
- Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
- Do not lie or give false documents.
- Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
- Do remember the details of the encounter.
- Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.
IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR QUESTIONING
Stay calm. Don't run. Don't argue, resist or obstruct the police, even if you are innocent or police are violating your rights. Keep your hands where police can see them.
Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why.
You have the right to remain silent and cannot be punished for refusing to answer questions. If you wish to remain silent, tell the officer out loud. In some states, you must give your name if asked to identify yourself.
You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may "pat down" your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent, it can affect you later in court.
IF YOU ARE STOPPED IN YOUR CAR
Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible. Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way and place your hands on the wheel.
Upon request, show police your driver's license, registration and proof of insurance.
If an officer or immigration agent asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. But if police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, your car can be searched without your consent.
Both drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent. If you are a passenger, you can ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, sit silently or calmly leave. Even if the officer says no, you have the right to remain silent.
Thanks for your reply. I don't think he has Aspergers. When he was young, I took him to a few different psychologists, but their diagnosis never really seemed to fit. One said it was extreme seperation anxiety, and we worked with him based on that assumption. Maybe it helped, but I still don't think they were exactly right. He did seem to have an easier time as he got older though. He's always the quiet person in the room, but if he has something to say, he's not afraid to say it, so he seems to be doing O.K. I know he still gets stressed sometimes, but the only issue right now seems to be the police.Yep, it sucks. The problem is usually there are often about 4 or 5 police officers on the scene, and chances are, at least one of them is going to be a bully, and the rest are not going to speak up against him.
Some policer officers just like the power they are given. They like to know that they are in charge, and there's nothing you can do about it. I'm not saying they are all like this, but a larger percentage than the general population from my personal experience. After all, who really wants to be a cop? People who like to be in charge... I certainly wouldn't want that job. And people who are too intelligent are sometimes rejected out of the fear that they will not follow orders. Or so I have heard (?)
Does your son have Aspergers? Many people with Aspergers are unwittingly discriminated against? Also, I am one of those people who have an extremely difficult time faking kindness or telling a lie. Is your son similar? To deal with the cops, fakeness is an essential, I don't care what anyone says - if they disagree, they are full of ****.
One time, I was essentially forced to take an ambulance after a minor accident (only my car suffered damage, I accidentally hit a median) when there was absolutely nothing wrong with me. I drink on occasion, I admit, but I never ever drink and drive. They thought I was underthe influence because of the way I talked ( I had some empty benadryl in my pocket that I didn't throw away because I am weird like that) I slur my speech often when under pressure as I have said. Instead of risking far more serious consequences and perhaps being manipulated myself, I simply took the ambulance. It was a ridiculous expense though and made me bitter to the core. Such a freaking waste of time. In the ER, I couldn't help but stare down the ****ing idiot officer. He was such an ***. I know, I know, say what you want. But people who are different are discriminated by against the police. It's a good thing I am not a minority, otherwise it would be worse.
If you have nothing to hide then there is nothing to fear.it's funny how police are meant to serve and protect yet..... in reality there are a lot of people that just end up fearing them after "experiencing" them. I guess we are raised to believe in all these fairytale stories of noble people fighting the good fight and caring about the "greater good" yet reality couldn't be further from this if it tried. Perhaps it's a way to try and have future generations pick up these ideas/vibes and make a change for the better..
It's up to us to change the world and make it a .... oh F it ...we're screwed.
virus with shoes.
if only this was true. Police have to fill a monthly work quoter, if they don't they're not been seen as doing their job. What if everyone in the world behaved for one month? "excuse me ma'am you appear to have a *boom* tail light out". xPIf you have nothing to hide then there is nothing to fear.
Police having to meet a monthly quota is not true. And police swinging baseball bats at people? Why would a police officer carry around a baseball bat? That's just silly.if only this was true. Police have to fill a monthly work quoter, if they don't they're not been seen as doing their job. What if everyone in the world behaved for one month? "excuse me ma'am you appear to have a *boom* tail light out". xP
But seriously it's not unknown for police to just start swinging bats and fists at innocent people just sitting in a chair of a police station being processed after been picked up for..... nothing. Commonly related to some form of discrimination that the police get let off without even a slap on the wrist. It's even caught on tape... and nothing :/
Incidents of police abusing their power are few and far between. People don't want to acknowledge the good things police officers do and that's why you only hear about the negative incidents. Besides its not like you can get the full story from a video all the time, sometimes you have to be there.baton... intuition.
Wish that were true.If you have nothing to hide then there is nothing to fear.
Well he didn't take you to jail or beat you up right?Wish that were true.
I've had a cop threaten to beat me bloody and take me to prison. My crime was being on the same block as someone that'd gotten pulled over for drunk driving. They also stopped me, forced a breathalyzer on me. When asked if I'd been drinking I said, no sir, just this bottle of water I have here.
And he was off. You mouthin' off to me boy? I can beat the **** out of you and take you to jail. how about that, you wanna go to jail?
Realizing this furious, red-faced, stupid cop could do whatever he wanted, and get away with it - because who would the judge believe, a police officer or some random high school kid? was a sobering moment. Now I can't trust any of them.