- You have the right to not speak and everything you say can be used against you. It is advisable to not tell the police anything except your name and address. In New York you are not required to carry ID and you don’t have to show ID to a police officer unless you are issued a summons, arrested, or driving a vehicle.
- A frisk is when the police pat down your outer clothing because they suspect you pose a danger to them or others. A frisk is legal and you should not resist a pat-down.
- A search is when the police search your pockets, belongings, or car. If an office asks you to empty your pockets or belongings, do not do it! Legally, you have to consent to this search, and you should clearly state, “I do not consent to this search.” You should also state this if an officer reaches into your pockets and belongings. This may not stop the search from happening, but will protect your rights if you have to go to court.
We left the workshop feeling confident in our abilities to assert our rights and with a better understanding of the police’s responsibilities. Together, we can work together to make our communities safer!
For more information check out NYCLU's website, print out their What To Do If You Are Stopped By The Police Palm Card, or download their iPhone app “Know Your Rights.”