As a Black person living in these United States, it is imperative to know your legal entitlements. Living under this oppressive system, it is no surprise that often times Law Enforcement will interpret legal code to emulate their own personal agenda. They will harm and hinder rather than serve and protect. So, today’s post will not be written. It will not be a spoken word using metaphors in order convey a message. It won’t be a podcast. It will be an interactive fill in the blank. Do you Know your rights? You should.
There will be 2 more interactive posts like this throughout the month. At the end of February, I will randomly select from these responses a person to receive a Black History related prize. To answer, fill out the attached contact form. Happy Black History Month!
I KNOW MY RIGHTS.
- You have the right to remain in your _______
- You have the right to remain __________
- You have the Ask Whether You May _________
- Police are not allowed to search you personally unless they are exercising a warrant or have a ___________ _____________ you have been involved in a crime or a traffic accident
- You are entitled to stay within your locked car until you can satisfy yourself about the proper _____________ of police.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have ____________ rights.
- If immigration agents or police signal
you to stop your car, you must pull
over. Immigration agents may ask brief
questions about your name, immigration
status, nationality , and travel plans. You
do not have to answer any questions
other than giving your _______ and _________ ___________
- If an agent or officer questions a
passenger, that person should ask if he
or she has to answer. If the agent or
officer says yes, the passenger has to
give his or her name, but does not have
to give any other _____________.
- There are two limited exceptions. First, in some states,
you must provide your name to law enforcement officers if you
are stopped and told to identify yourself. But even if you give
your name, you are not required to answer other questions.
Second, if you are driving and you are pulled over for a traffic
violation, the officer can require you to show your license,
vehicle registration and proof of _________ (but you do not
have to answer questions).
- Anything you say to a law enforcement officer can be used against you
and others. Keep in mind that lying to a government official is a crime
but remaining silent until you consult with a _________ is not.
- If a law enforcement officer threatens to get a _________, you still do
not have to answer the officer’s questions right then and there
- The police cannot search your car unless you give them
your consent, which you do not have to give, or unless they
have “probable cause” to believe (i.e., knowledge of facts sufficient to support a reasonable belief) that criminal activity is
likely taking place, that you have been involved in a crime, or
that you have evidence of a crime in your car. If you do not
want your car searched, clearly state that you do not consent.
The officer cannot use your refusal to give ________ as a basis
for doing a search.
Some rights may vary from state to state, so make sure that YOU know YOURS, and be aware. Though we have these rights, there are still those which may violate them. Really, the whole U.S system of policing needs to be reformed. (If you wanted a written post for Day 5, Read Policing, Prisons, and Systemic Oppression further down on the blog tab.)