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For many people, interacting with police seems like an unpleasant thought. The very people that are here to keep us safe can sometimes make even innocent people a bit jittery. It doesn't have to be this way though, and the solution is simply to know your rights. The fourth amendment states that everyone has the right to security in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, and are safe from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Traditionally, police officers will use intimidation and trickery to get what they want from citizens and many times it works. Most avoidable arrests come from people consenting to a search and admission of guilt from intimidation from an officer. Everyone has the right to refuse to answer incriminating questions and, unless there is a warrant, to refuse to consent to a search. Refusing these are not admissions of guilt and are no reason for an officer to detain you.

Knowing your rights and exercising them in a polite and respectful way is an essential part of interacting with law enforcement. Take a look at this infographic for more and don't forget to leave a comment on what you think.


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