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Constitutional rights aren’t all that effective if you don’t know what they are. A new infographic released by Online-Paralegal-Programs.com seeks to help Americans understand what rights they do and don’t have when interacting with an officer of the law.
The infographic is surprisingly detailed and includes information on filming a police encounter, DUI stops and requirements to show ID — which actually varies state to state.
Explore all the rights you have during a police encounter:
reply to post by nighthawk1954
There is a lot of good info there, but the general tone is that you have rights and can refrain from cooperating with an officer. You can legally argue here and now that case (pun intended) but in a situation, you will be hard pressed to "win" any point you want to impress upon the officer because they have been taught to take command and quickly escalate the situation with physical threads. I'll give you a mild example of their taking command of a situation even when my companions and I were dead right and they were absolutely wrong.
A couple of years ago a male and female friend and I were crossing the border at Laredo going into Mexico. Sitting in the line of cars on the American side, we were asked the usual questions. One was "How much money are you taking into Mexico." My friend, knew the law on that point. He said, "Less than ten thousand dollars." By law, any amount over that was to be reported. The young officer, said, "How much?" My friend calmly said again, "Less than ten thousand dollars." The officer asked the same question again and got the same calm answer and telling the officer that we need not report exactly how much we had since it was less than what the law required.
His response was to point to a angled parking spot out of the line and they had us stand by the car as they unloaded our luggage and other stuff and generally poked around looking the car over inside and out. Everybody was exceedingly polite, but that minor, polite but the officer teaching us a lesson caused us to lose an hour of travel time.
Living in south Texas, I can tell you that virtually anything can be carried into Mexico from the states with little scrutiny or care on the US side. It is a raging business, but here we were, three average-looking anglos hassled because the officer wanted to show us that he/they had the power and we would pay for not complying. Had we attempted to resist the search, I have no doubt but what body searches would have followed to teach us a bit more graphically of the lesson.
These days, the cop is in charge and he/she wants compliance or your face may be grabbing the pavement in short order. Your constitution rights and the well-being of your continence means little to the cop intent on making you submissive to all of his/her "request."
I don't hate cops, a son-in-law was one for several years, but these days some of them take their job too seriously. Yet much of the blame for that attitude goes directly to a major section of the public these days that wants to resist. Behave and act decently and you may walk away sooner than if attempting to prove your rights.