Know your rights - Stops and Arrests

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT This booklet addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. This booklet is for citizens and non- citizens with extra information for non-citizens in a sepa- rate section. Another section covers what can happen to you at airports and other points of entry into the United States. The last section discusses concerns you may have related to your charitable contributions and religious or political beliefs. This booklet tells you about your basic rights. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your rights have been violated. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS II. STOPS AND ARRESTS Q: What if law enforcement officers stop me on the street? A: You do not have to answer any questions. You can say, “I do not want to talk to you” and walk away calmly. Or, if you do not feel comfortable doing that, you can ask if you are free to go. If the answer is yes, you can consider just walking away. Do not run from the officer. If the officer says you are not under arrest, but you are not free to go, then you are being detained. Being detained is not the same as being arrested, though an arrest could follow. The police can pat down the outside of your clothing only if they have “reasonable suspicion” (i.e., an
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