Know Your Rights!

Know Your Rights!

1. Always be calm and cool; a bad attitude guarantees a bad outcome.

2. Remain silent; what you don’t say can’t hurt you.

3. You have the right to refuse searches; saying no to searches can’t be held against you.

4. Don’t get tricked; remember, police are allowed to lie to you.

5. Determine if you’re free to go; police need evidence to detain you.

6. Don’t expose yourself; doing dumb stuff in public makes you an easy target.

7. Don’t run; they’ll catch you and make you regret it.

8. Never touch a cop; aggressive actions will only earn you a more aggressive response.

9. Report misconduct; be a good witness.

10. You don’t have to let them in; police need a warrant to enter your home.

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  • Mike Rhodes

    Mike Rhodes is the executive director of theCommunity Alliance newspaper and author of the book Dispatches from the War Zone, about homelessness in Fresno. is his website. Contact him at

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