Police Interactions 101: How To Interact With the Police in Your Car, On the Streets, In Your Home
by Cathy Harris
Do you trust the police? The goal is to arm yourself with the knowledge and power you need so you don't become just another victim. Not only should young males be weary of actions by the police but what about sexual profiling in this country?
Women who often drive alone are at just a higher risk of being accosted by the police as others. Women are just as likely to be profiled as men by local, state and federal law enforcement officers especially since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS.gov) in 2003.
Many women will no longer stop when directed by a police officer to pull over. Some will call 911 and ask for additional police to come to the scene and refuse to open their windows until backup police arrive.
Cops are known to rape or extort women for sex during highway pullovers. The situation is badly deteriorating. It comes as no surprise that unstable, aggressive bullies gravitate to police work, and quite a few are sexual predators.
Therefore, this book is an action plan for the entire family on what actions to take to protect themselves when driving a car, walking on the streets or in their homes.
As a community organizer and advocate, I have heard many, many stories about what the police are capable of and what they get away with. The reason for this is that most people do not understand their rights. Not only will this book help you stay alive but if you are violated by the police - it provides an action plan on what steps to take to receive justice.
Advocates and activists don't trust local police agencies to self-investigate or police themselves. Nor do they trust district attorneys, grand juries, police commissions or local officials to be any more fair and impartial when investigating the police.
Many advocates don't understand that the Justice Department has always had on their books a strong arsenal of civil rights statutes to prosecute abusive police officers. This office is equipped to dispatch their top civil rights lawyers to handle federal probes. But this will happen only if we demand it!
In the past it has taken major media attention, large scale protests and even a major riot, such as Rodney King LA riot of 1992, before the Justice Department has used its legal weapons.
Where there is evidence of sexual or racial profiling and/or police brutality, the Attorney General must send a strong message to law enforcement agencies that the Justice Department will go after lawbreakers whether they wear a "mask" or a "badge."
- Cathy Harris, November 2012
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