If injured in a Police Misconduct / Brutality incident, what should be done?
Get names of witnesses. Take photos of injuries sustained.
What actions should I NOT take when speaking with a Police Officer?
Don’t say, “I know my rights”, “I’m going to file a complaint/sue”, or “I pay your salary.” Don’t resist or fight if you’re going to be arrested even if the cop is wrong, or he/she doesn’t tell you why.
What should you do in the event of Police Misconduct / Brutality?
Note the date, time and location of the incident. Note – but do not ask for – the name, badge or car number of the officers involved. Note the physical description of the officers.
What should you do when confronted by a Police Officer?
Stay calm and be courteous. Don’t be rude or curse at the officer. Take off your headset, or turn down your music. If asked, give your name and address. You don’t have to answer any other questions.
What steps should be taken after a Police Misconduct / Brutality experience?
Contact a civil rights attorney or group immediately. If criminally charged, don’t speak until you’ve consulted a defense attorney.