Some Know Your Rights materials I made. Hopefully find them helpful. :)
know your rights.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. BE INFORMED DON’T BECOME A SHEEP.
This is REALLY important. Don’t talk to the police unless you were witness to a crime that occurred, and even then be wary, cause that can backfire. I will be the first to report a crime over the phone, but if I see the police rolling up on me I will immediately start having minor panic attacks. Without fail, every time. I don’t care if the cop is uber cool and being completely nice, I panic.
Also, ALWAYS treat them with the utmost respect. Always. I don’t care if you love or hate the cops, Do Not Badmouth them. Don’t give them shit, Do Not Be Condescending. I don’t care what your reason for being a dick is. It’s never good enough. There are a million reasons why they can arrest you/frisk you/any number of things. And they WILL use all of them. Even if you think you know what the laws are and can protect yourself, it’s ultimately up to them if you can get arrested or not. Cause it’s by their judgement.
Also, once you are arrested/taken in for questioning, I know they cover this but I am reiterating, do not talk. DO NOT TALK. Say a grand total of jack and diddly. Doesn’t matter what they tell you, how nice they seem, you can very easily hang yourself. So don’t. Just request a lawyer etc.
THIS is the stuff we should be teaching in High School.
Also, don’t talk to any one else in the cells, they are not your friends. Don’t talk in the cop car. If you get caught with someone else, Neither of you can say a word, cause if one of you talks, both of you get hung.
If you’re going to squeal on your ‘friend’, get the information in writing first. Until you do, they don’t actually have to give you anything they agree too. You can fight it, but it will take a good long while.