29 April 2008

A Guide to Surviving Police Encounters

This is an interesting video that is narrated by Ira Glasser, the Executive Director of the ACLU from 1978 to 2001. I am posting it as an educational piece on how to exercise your rights when confronted by a police officer. There are several scenarios presented. Each illustrates what to do and what not to do when confronted by an officer.

Although the actors in each scene have done something illegal and want to exercise their rights so that they can avoid prosecution, I feel it is important that all of us exercise our full rights each time we are confronted by police. These are our rights and making certain that they continue to be respected shouldn't be considered a hassle or an indication of guilt. The more often we, as citizens, exercise our rights; the more likely it will be that we will be approached as if we actually have rights.

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