When a Cop Stops You on the Sidewalk You’re walking on the street one day and you hear that all familiar radio, maybe even a squad car sounding off and, just like that, you’re engaged in a situation with a police officer. In these situations […]
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Eric Wetlaufer currently studies at the University of Illinois, aspiring to become a lawyer. He’s always been fascinated by the rule of law as well as the enforcement of it. A staggering percentage of individuals walking the earth have no idea what rights they have and what rights the police enforcing said laws have.
When it comes to getting arrested, the police do not get carte blanche to do whatever they please. Instead, they have to follow certain protocols and procedures.
Just like with any position of power, some types of human beings are prone to engage in corruption, cops included. Some police will break or bend the law to get their desired end result as well. We read headlines often about police planting evidence or using illegal tactics to get a confession — things of that nature.
The bottom line is this: just because the police enforce the law, it doesn’t mean they get to do whatever they wish.
You may be at a disadvantage, but we should never let police walk all over us — police exist in service of the public rather than the antagonistic or hyperbolic attitudes some law enforcement officers possess.
Of course, it’s always a wise policy to obey commands when you have encounters with police and to never under any circumstances have an aggressive attitude toward law enforcement. They are there to do their job, essentially, and most of them just want to get home to their families at the end of the day. But do you know that you have the ability to calmly and politely decline their requests.
Some police officers choose to be vague in their instruction. For instance, one might come up to your door and say, “Let’s talk,” at which point you can make them clarify what they are asking.
Say something like, “Officer, are you ordering me to open my door and allow you to search my residence?”
If they didn’t issue an order, then the choice is ours to allow them to do what they as or insinuate or not.
Remember that in some cases you can decline. In some cases, you don’t have to give police your permission.
The bottom line is this:
The United States Constitution cannot enforce itself. The document itself is simply words on a page unless we as a people calmly and knowledgeably assert our rights. And, when it comes to our rights if you’re not using them, you’re likely losing them.
Visit the Eric Wetlaufer site for the latest in the field of law, as well as articles and educational information that will give you the power to protect yourself if law enforcement ever tries to take advantage of you. You’ll be surprised how law enforcers respond to a person who firmly and confidently asserts their rights as a United States Citizen.