Know Your Rights During A Police Encounter

From answering questions to requesting a lawyer.

Amidst the clash between protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, stemming from the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9 — not to mention the nationwide protests, rallies, and vigils these events have inspired — now seems like a good time to make sure that you know your rights when interacting with police officers.

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For example, do you know which information you have to provide when you’re stopped by the police, or how to let an officer know that you do not consent to a search? The vast majority of this information — which I’ve summarized below — is readily available online thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Legal Aid Society’s YouTube channel, and I highly recommend reading and watching all of the resources they provide on the subject.

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