Know Your Rights

When witnessing an interaction with police:

  • You have the right to film, photograph or record law enforcement while they are engaged in law enforcement activities.
  • Remain a safe distance so that you do not physically interfere.
  • Make sure you are not violating any other laws, such as trespassing or jaywalking.

If you have been stopped, questioned, or searched by police.

Anything you say or do can be used against you. Think carefully about your words, movements, body language and emotions. Don’t argue.

Stay Safe

  • Don’t do anything that can be perceived as a physical threat.
  • Keep your hands out in the open.
  • Do not physically resist
  • Never run from officers.

Assert Your Rights

  • Do not consent to any search of your person or property.
  • If you are searched, say clearly that you do not consent. But do not resist or pull away.
  • Ask if you are free to leave. Ask again if you do not get an answer.

If You Are Arrested

  • Ask for an attorney immediately. Ask again if questioned or if read your rights.
  • Don’t make any statements regarding the incident.
  • Don’t discuss on the internet.

File A Complaint

  • Don’t tell the officer you are going to file a complaint.
  • If you are injured, takes photos asap after getting medical care.

(Copied from ACLU Phone App. Check your local laws)

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