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BreakOUT!'s Guide to Street Safety

BreakOUT!'s Guide to Street Safety

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Check out our Guide to Street Safety and Preserving Your Rights with the Police!
Check out our Guide to Street Safety and Preserving Your Rights with the Police!

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Published by: BreakOUT on Jun 04, 2012
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 YO U G U IDE  TO  S TEE T  S AFE T Y 
 PE SE V ING  YO U  IGH T S  W I TH  THE POL ICE
 
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Featuring art by Tommy LeBlanc 
 
 
IF YOU ARE STOPPED BY THE NOPD…
 
Politelyask theofficerwhytheystopped you.
If the officerdoes notrespond toyou andyou endup beingarrested,this couldhelp youlater incourt
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 “Walking while transgender” is not reasonable suspicionto stop you. However, the police may say that walkingin a short skirt in a “known prostitution area” is.
GOOD TO KNOW:
 
Chief Ronal Serpas has publicly announced that all NOPD officers are instructed to tell you why they stopped you. (NOPD Newsletter “Communiqué” 2/12/12 edition.) 
 
 
 
IF THE OFFICER CONTINUES TO TALK TO YOU BUT HAS NOT GIVEN YOU AREASON FOR STOPPING YOU…
 I F  T H E  O F F I C E R   S A Y S  N O
 
 
Politely ask the officer,
“Am I free to go?” 
 Politely ask,
“Am I under arrest?” 
IF THEOFFICER SAYS YES
Politelyask,
“What is the charge?” 
 
Florida v. Royer states that while it is legal for the police to target and approach a person based on their behavior, they cannot detain an individual without a warrant.
 
GOOD TO KNOW:
Its important to understand that thepolice are not required to answer you when you ask if you arefree to go. They may continue asking questions. Legally, youmay walk away- but it is up to you to decide if it will be safe todo so. If they physically attempt to detain you, do not resist.Tell your lawyer exactly what happened later.

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