Know Your Rights: Interacting with Police and Law Enforcement

December 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

Everyone has basic rights that are protected by the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws.

When you know what the law says, you are then better equipped to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

That’s why we are hosting Know Your Rights trainings every month through January 2021. Each event will cover a different topic, so register for one that most interests you or sign up for all of them!


Being stopped by police is a stressful experience that can go bad quickly. Here we describe what the law requires and also offer strategies for handling police encounters. We want to be clear: The burden of de-escalation does not fall on private citizens — it falls on police officers. However, you cannot assume officers will behave in a way that protects your safety or that they will respect your rights even after you assert them. You may be able to reduce risk to yourself by staying calm and not exhibiting hostility toward the officers. The truth is that there are situations where people have done everything they could to put an officer at ease, yet still ended up injured or killed.