Know Your Rights

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Nothing ruins your day more than flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror and few moments are as stressful as police encounters. The fear of police in poor neighborhoods of color is real. Not only are Black communities fearful of the very people meant to protect them, but they are also disproportionately harassed and killed by police officers of all races. In Boston, for instance, nearly two-thirds of those stopped and searched by the police between 2007 and 2010 were Blacks, even though they make up only about 25% of the city’s population.

So, what can we do as individuals to reduce the risk of being harassed? Believe it or not, knowing your rights can significantly impact the outcome of your next brush in with the law. Progressive Pupil has put together a fun and interactive video to remind you of your rights and keep you safe. Check out our KnowYourRights video on the Progress TV channel.

Don’t forget to like the clip and let us know what you want to see next on Progress TV in the comments!

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  1. Victoria Williams

     /  February 10, 2015

    I do not agree that black communities are fearful of the police. My view is that the police are fearful of the black communities that they are supposed to serve and protect and as a result always resort to hostility and violence often times resulting in the death or imprisonment of an innocent black male. The black male has been a threat to society from the beginning of time, look back in history you’ll see the countless measures taken to ensure blacks remain powerless. Know your rights! Yes we all need to but that knowledge doesn’t help in times where it matters most if the only witnesses are you and a corrupt officer. The lack of respect in the black community for the police, and the heightened fear the police have of black people keep us going in this cycle of violence, injustice, police brutality etc. Black community leaders need to help ensure their communities are equipped knowing their rights and then take a step further in making sure they practice their rights. We all know miranda but how many people use that right to stay silent? The police departments every where need to upgrade their accountability and consequences for officers who wrongfully arrest and or kill people of color. Black communities need to respect the police but that won’t happen until the nypd and other pd’s around the nation lose their fear, and truly believe that black lives matter.

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