posted on May, 29 2013 @ 12:38 PM
Here is my opinion: In every school beginning at the elementary level, defense attorneys should be invited to speak about the Constitutional rights
every citizen, and especially as pertains to students, has and should exercise. Kids are exposed to the liars from the DARE cops providing false
information, as well as school resource officers ( cops ) constantly observing them and itching to bust them, so the alternatives should be at least
as focused on as the opposition.
Kids should be taught to never allow themselves to be interrogated by cops or school administrators about anything that even remotely might indicate
illegal activities, and to demand a parent or lawyer before asnwering any question put to them concerning legal issues. Lawyers should explain all of
the safeguards we should all know to protect them from coercive interrogations, including the right to remain silent, the right to counsel and all the
other protections needed these days.
Kids should understand that they should never give consent to any cop for any reason, especially when they are at the high school level and driving
cars to school. If kids are empowered to stand up to cops, and other authority figures, they would know as adults the dangers of allowing cops to have
any chance to get them to give up their rights or to speak to them without counsel. It is a fact that the majority of adults still do not know that
they can refuse consent requests and that they never have to answer any questions asked by cops. In fact, kids should be given " rights cards ' with
printed instructions on how to respond to confrontations with cops.
If the majority of citizens knew and used all their rights, we would see cops give up on their intimidation and lies to gain access to information and
property they have no legal right to. If every time a cop asked some poor driver for consent to search, he got a firm NO as an answer, sooner or later
the cops would get the message : Your days of bullying and intimidating are over, and if you violate any rights you will answer for it. We have the
power to change the cops attitudes and demeanor by simply making them aware that we will not tolerate their tricks and lies, and in doing so protect
and defend the Constitution, a document that most cops have absolutely no respect for...most cops think that anyone who refuses to trample the
protections we have are uncooperative, but we should care nothing about what cops want or think. Our only concern should be to undermine any and all
attempts by the cops to circumvent the warrant requirements and our rights, and that means beginning early, when kids are young.
Empowerment means the courage to take a stand against abusive and intimidating cops, which in turn will lead to a situation where the cops are forced
to play by the rules, obey the laws and respect our rights. Cops cannot be trusted to do the right thing, so we are mandated by common sense and a
committment to the common cause to educate all kids as to how to take the tools the cops use to abuse the system away from them.