KNOW WHAT TO SAY WHEN DEALING WITH THE POLICE


When encountering the police, it is important that you know your rights. Too many times, we forfeit our rights by volunteering information and allowing the police to go beyond what the law allows them to do. Remember, you have rights. Use them!

Answer the question below, and you’ll be given a script to follow.

Need a script to deal with your current situation?

Where are you?

The Police want to talk to my child.

I’m a minor (child) and the police want to talk to me.


FOLLOW THESE TIPS EVERY, SINGLE, TIME.

REDUCE RISK. STAY CALM. STAY IN CONTROL. DON’T RUN.

Police officers are people too, and you don’t want to make them feel like they may be in danger. Be calm, and make sure your hands are visible. If you need to reach for something that the police officer cannot see, such as a wallet, purse, glove compartment, or under your seat, ask clearly to make your movements known.

Example 1:

“Officer, I would like to show you my identification. It is in my back pocket. With your permission, I would like to reach for it.”

Example 2:

“Officer, I need to reach into my glove compartment in order to show you my registration. Please let me know when you are ready, and I will slowly reach over and grab it for you.”



CONTACT

Did you follow the script? Do you think the police violated your civil rights? Did you witness or film police violence? Talk to an attorney about what happened.