Tips for How Students Should Respond When Stopped by Police
By Dimon King, Junior Writer
The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by police has brought into the spotlight how civilians and police officers are interacting. Whether you think it is unfair the way people are being treated by the police, we need to start thinking about how we interact with police officers. Recently, schools in New York City are holding classes around how students should act when approached by police officers.
According to Dean Venezia and School Agents Abraham, Wallace, and Rothwell, how you deal with police has a huge impact in how calmly or possibly belligerent an officer will act with you. These are a strong group of interaction tips that students should use to avoid a serious conflict with a police officer if they are stopped.
Police Interaction Tips
It is important to remember that police officers do a lot of good in communities as well.“Yes, there are some bad cops out there, but there are also many good. That group of bad cops just stand out more and ruin cops’ reputation as a whole. Take school for instance. There are around 95% kids here that are good, but that other 5% can make the average go down.”
There are many good cops out there, so if you act respectfully, being stopped does not have to escalate. If you are stopped by a police officer and feel that your rights were violated, stay calm and respectful, get the name of the officer and file a complaint. According to “Know Your Rights,” you should call to file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.
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