We’ve been told from a young age that the police are there to protect us, and we should do what they say. But should we?
It’s easy to be intimidated by cops — they want you to be intimidated by them, because it makes it easier for them to do their job. However, too many people upon seeing police come up to them forget that they actually have a good deal of control over what the police can do to you. To help educate people about this, the folk at Students for a Sensible Drug Policy distribute cards detailing that tell you what you should say to a cop. Some of the recommended responses may seem a bit confrontational, and the last you thing you want to be to a cop is confrontational. Nonetheless, the police are humans as well, and must obey the same laws we do. They can’t take away your rights from you, but you still have to know what rights you have to defend. You might tick them off, but they legally can’t do anything about it. Here are the things you should say when you get stopped by police: