What you should do if you are stopped by the police

I have been writing a lot about the abuses by police during traffic stops and in response to one such post, reader culuriel asked a good question as to what one should do in such a situation and what the ACLU recommends. I looked into it and came across this video produced by the ACLU that features comedian Elon James White addressing this very question that is both informative and amusing. It is part of their Know You Rights program that gives more explicit details what to do in a variety of situations.


  1. busterggi says

    Yes, you can say these thing and do these things but if no one is videoing the encounter it won’t matter (heck, it doesn’t matter much if someone is videoing) because they’s still do what they want and make up a story afterwards knowing their fellow officers will always back them up.

  2. Mano Singham says


    This is why police dash-cams and body-cams should be standard equipment, ideally immediately sent to the cloud so that they are stored immediately and independently.

  3. cafeeineaddicted says

    @1 True, but there are cameras everywhere these days. A recording may happen despite you or the officer knowing about it, and it behooves you to not give any indication of misbehavior that will be snatched on by those defending police brutality.

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