15 Things You Need to Know When Dealing With the Police
Knowing what you should do when dealing with the police is really useful. Following some simple rules will keep you out of trouble in an emergency situation.
At some point in your life, you’ll have to deal with law enforcement officers, even if you haven’t broken any laws. We’ll be answering the most common “What if…” and “Can they…” questions about the police.
Remember, when dealing with law enforcement officers, stay calm and respectful at all times, never argue with or touch a police officer, and always state out loud if you do not consent.
Music: Scratch the Itch – Quincas Moreira
What do I do if a police officer stops me on the street? 0:34
Do I have to answer their questions? 1:21
What to do if I’m being asked to leave a public place? 1:41
What if law enforcement officers pull me over? 2:18
Why do police officers touch your car when they pull you over? 2:57
What if I’ve been mistreated by the police? 3:26
What do I do if a police officer asks me for a bribe? 3:58
What should I do if officers come to my house? 4:45
Can officers search me, my home, my car, or my bag? 6:00
Do I have to show officers my immigration documents? 6:25
If I’m entering with valid travel papers, can law enforcement officers stop and search me? 6:51
Can airport security search my laptop files? 7:20
What if I’m selected for a strip search? 7:41
What if I witness a crime? 8:01
What to do if I need help from the police? 8:50
-If a police officer stops you on the street, it doesn’t always mean they think you’ve committed a crime. Stay polite and answer questions about your name and where you live. If you’re visiting another country, always carry a copy of your ID with you.
-You have the right to remain silent and will never be punished for not answering a question.
-Police officers don’t need any written document forcing you to leave the premises but they cannot order you to move if you’re protesting some political issue or taking part in a strike.
-When pulled over by the police, stay calm and polite, step outside if the officer asks you to and only answer questions in connection with the reason you were pulled over.
-Police officers touch your car when they pull you over to leave their fingerprints on it. This can prove that they had an encounter with a certain driver.
-Write down the officer’s badge number, their name, or any other identifying information, document your injuries if any, call a lawyer and file a complaint for the mistreatment.
-An officer can never demand money from you, but if that happens, stay polite and pay attention to all details to report the incident later.
-If the officers come to search your house, make sure they have the right warrant to do it, call your lawyer, take note of what’s going on and find somebody to be your witness to watch the search
-If you don’t want the police to search your belongings, you have to say out loud, “I do not consent.”
-Always carry your immigration documents on you at all times to avoid problems.
-Customs officers and TSA agents have the right to stop, detain, and search any person or item entering the country.
-Register a complaint with the TSA to find out the reason for your laptop files search.
-The officers are obliged to take you to a private area for a strip search, and the searching officer must be the same sex as you.
-If you witness a crime, protect yourself, call for help if necessary, don’t touch or move anything and pay attention to every detail so that you can explain everything to the police when they arrive.
-Call 911 or your local police department if you need help from the police.
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