the police must tell you their true reasons for detaining you, but they are not required to tell you the truth about everything.
the police may lie or go undercover to try to get information from you.
Stay safe. Use your best judgment.
Knowing your rights is an important tool. But sometimes questioning police or verbally insisting on your rights in the moment can escalate an interaction. It is usually a good idea to remain calm, be polite, and use your own good judgment. Knowing your rights can also help you recognize when your rights may have been violated. This will be important if you want to take action after you are no longer near the police.
Remember: The information in this Guide is not legal advice.
If you are looking for legal advice please consult a lawyer. It is recommended to do so if you plan to take legal action.
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This Guide was created in November 2021, and launched on December 13th 2021.
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