What To Do If Stopped by Police
If you are stopped by the police in your car...
A Police Officer can ask you to pull over at any time. You will be asked for your driver's license and registration. If she/he asks for this information, you MUST comply.
IF you are stopped - pull over and sit tight.
IF you are stopped at night - turn on your interior dome light.
PLACE your hands on the steering wheel.
PRODUCE your identification when asked.
REMAIN CALM. NO SUDDEN MOVES!!!!
If stopped in the street by police...
DO NOT reach into your pockets.
ASK why you are being stopped.
You can be stopped if:
- You are running and a crime has just been reported in the area.
- You are hanging around with some people who are under police investigation for one thing or another.
- You are near an area where a crime has just been reported.
- You are somewhere where an officer thinks people have no reason to be at that time of day or night.
- You are acting in a way that appears to the officer to be very suspicious, and
- you act even more suspicious when the officer sees you have spotted her/him.
- An officer thinks that you have stolen property in your possession.
- An officer stops you walking and you refuse to answer simple questions, give false or evasive answers or make contradicting statements.
- Someone has pointed you out to an officer.
- You begin to bad-mouth an officer.
DO NOT BECOME LOUD.
Remember: Depending upon the circumstances, the officer may think he/she has probable cause to stop you or he/she will use any excuse to harass you.
When the police knock at your door...
When an incident occurs...
A L W A Y S WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!
TIPS ON RECORDING AN INCIDENT
Whenever an incident occurs, as immediately as possible, solicit all the facts. Speak with all involved and all who witnessed it.
WHEN DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
The date and time.
WHERE DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
In the home, on the street, in the school?
Be as specific as possible. (IE. the southeast corner of 163rd Street and Main Road)
WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT?
- The victims
- The witnesses
- Their names, addresses, phone numbers, and a description of them, what they were wearing, any weapons involved.
WHAT KIND OF AN INCIDENT?
What started the incident?
What weapon was used?
HOW DID THE INCIDENT GET STARTED?
How was it dealt with?
WHY DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
Write everything down. Be clear. Do not be suggestive, just ask basic questions.
Ask questions individually away from others to avoid the confusion of stories. If possible, try to visit the scene of the incident with the victim or witness and go over the incident.
Take keen note of the surroundings for comparison with stories being told.
If you have a complaint that you wish the NAACP to investigate, please complete the printable complaint form.