Thursday night, YAL at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign appeared on the 10 o’clock news on ABC News Channel 15 after a public showing of the movie Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters; a film which provides information on how to respectfully assert constitutional rights when dealing with police.
The movie is produced by the organization Flex Your Rights, and enlightens students regarding situations where the police have a right to search your car or house, and how to deal with police threats or promises. The video demonstrates the power of phrases such as “I don’t consent to any searches,” “Am I free to go?” and “I don’t have anything to say until I consult my lawyer.”
After the film the audience stayed for a Q & A session with local lawyer, Mark Lipton. He shared numerous examples from his career as a lawyer representing students, and explained how certain circumstances have lead to cases being dropped while others are likely to lead to a conviction. Through these stories, all of the students who attended were able to understand the best ways to deal with police encounters and how to apply it to their lives as students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This blog post was compiled with Dan Humbrecht, the Secretary of YAL at UIUC.