What To Do If You're Stopped By Police or Immigration

Jun 30, 2011


At the recent TCG Conference I heard multiple stories of artists being harassed, intimidated, or illegalized by local law enforcement, the government, and fellow citizens.  It's often individual artists who take the lead in addressing the cultural and racial problems in the United States and as a result we can find ourselves in direct contact with the law. In honor of the July 4th holiday and knowing your rights, here's an excellent mini-guide from the ACLU for what to do if you're stopped by police, immigration agents, or the FBI.



Regardless of what side of the law you're falling on, knowing how best to handle yourself in the heat of the moment requires some basic knowledge of your rights and what you legally can/cannot do.  Also, keeping your head cool will help prevent any confrontations from becoming physically violent.  Check out this one-page guide that covers scenarios such as:

IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR QUESTIONING
IF YOU ARE STOPPED IN YOUR CAR
IF YOU ARE QUESTIONED ABOUT YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS
IF THE POLICE OR IMMIGRATION AGENTS COME TO YOUR HOME
IF YOU ARE CONTACTED BY THE FBI
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED
IF YOU ARE TAKEN INTO IMMIGRATION (OR “ICE”) CUSTODY
IF YOU FEEL YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED

The guide is also available as a single printable page that can be folded and carried in a purse or wallet.  In addition to the obligatory July 4th BBQ festivities, why not print out some and give them to your friends?

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Tags: July 4th, rights, law, police, immigration, FBI, guide, ACLU

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