THIS STUFF IS SOOO IMPORTANT TO KNOW. Seriously. It’s saved my ass before.
What do you do when you look through the peephole and see a badge?
- Remember: You do not have to let the police in the house unless they have a warrant — or probable cause. If you’re having a party, turn off the music, ask your guests to chill, and ask that anyone who’s too intoxicated carry on in another room.
- Go outside to speak with the cops. Close the door behind you. Although some scary precedents are being set these days, police cannot enter your home without a warrant or probable cause. By closing the door, you’re cutting off a visual — or olfactory — line to potential probable cause.
- Be polite. Ask why they are there. “Good evening, Officer. What can I help you with?”
- Where possible, assure them you will take care of the problem. If the police ask to enter, inform them, “I do not consent to any searches.” If a police officer gives you an order and you are confused about your position, ask, “Do I have to comply?” If they continue with questioning, tell them you’ll need to call your lawyer and that you will not answer any questions.
- Ask, “Am I free to leave?” This is especially handy if, say, a group of you’d been too bawdy on the patio and an officer stops by. If he/she is getting a bit hot under the collar, politely ask, “Am I being detained?” or “Am I free to leave?” If the cop has no reason to hold you, quickly, quietly, and politely retreat inside.
The POC’s Bill of Rights when it comes to the Police. Remember. These are your rights.
The police are invading TONIGHT. The occupation is facing shutdown, and it will not be recorded.
Guys, please reblog this. The world must know.
Seriously, reblog this, everyone. If you’re a human being, if you have a heart reblog it please. D:
I’m calling bullshit on this. Why?
#1 - The people have a right to peaceful assembly. We don’t live in a totalitarian state where protests are shut down, ignored by the media, maybe, actively stomped out? No.
#2 - Probable cause. Unless the police have probable cause, they will not go storming in to shut things down. Hang back and observe the protesters, yes, to insure there are no acts of violence/looting/defacing property. The precincts would be facing a quiet mutiny if they did.
Really, coming from a police family, I hate how they always take the brunt of any blame from any situation, not to mention targets of rumors such as these.
Eep. Hi, anoriginalurl! I just wanted to elaborate for a second on this.
#1. You are absolutely right on this point. The right to peaceful assembly is covered in all American citizens’ First Amendment rights. However, there have been instances in which these rights (and others) have been disregarded in practice, leading to…
#2. The issue of probable cause. It’s a reasonable limit, but also highly subjective, and the meaning of probable cause has been twisted many times in the course of this movement.
I am not blaming the police as a whole; there are many in the police force who are staying back and observing, as is their job, and some who have even sided with the demonstrators. However, there are some—let’s call them a highly visible minority—within the ranks of the police force who are overstepping their duties, such as Anthony Bologna did when he maced those kettled protesters (including OP) in that now-infamous Youtube video. Because of OP’s close connection to the groundwork in Occupy Wall St., I tend to believe and reblog information that she sends out. She, too, cites her sources as the Occupy Wall St. and Occupy Together pages. Therefore, when she warned that some members of the police force were trying to shut down the assembly… well, I reblogged.
I apologize if I’ve stepped on your toes in any way.