The National Lawyers Guild - New York City Chapter Street Law Team, is a group of law students from various New York City law schools.
They were here to talk about their workshop called "Know Your Rights: What to Do if You`re Stopped by the Police." The workshop gives you a chance to talk about the police and your rights when the police stop or search you. We take apart a police encounter - from a conversation, to detention, to arrest - and talk about how to protect your rights.
Street Law Team members and CUNY Law School students Jean Stevens and Nick Easterday, as well as Jamel Thomas, a student at Aspirations High School in Brownsville, who has participated in the Street Law Team's free workshop, told us the five phrases you need to know if you ever get stopped.
1. Am l free to leave?2. Am l being detained?3. l do not consent to this search.4. l want to speak to a lawyer.5. l wish to remain silent.When speaking, you want to keep it simple.When an officer asks you questions, think of the five-finger rule. Only give answers in sentences that are five words or less long! So, if he asks, "Where are you going?" You'd answer, "l'm going home," rather than, "Oh, l just left my friend's house and now l'm headed home to watch TV." Be polite, but never say more than necessary.
For more information on the National Lawyers Guild - New York City Chapter Street Law Team, visit www.nlgnyc.org/streetlaw.html.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun