Know Your Rights
In the US, all people, whether or not they are citizens, have certain rights when interacting with law enforcement, such as: the right to not consent to a search when the police do not have “probable cause,” to not be profiled based on age, sex, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender or sexuality, and to not be subjected to harassment or excessive force. According to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk data – and the experiences of members of Peoples’ Justice organizations – too often the police violate these rights in a manner that is humiliating, frightening, dangerous, and sometimes deadly. Peoples’ Justice feels strongly that teaching New Yorkers their rights and how to exercise those rights safely is one of the first steps we must take to empower our communities to respond to and deter discriminatory, unlawful and abusive policing.
Peoples’ Justice conducts Know Your Rights trainings in schools, organizations, community centers, and anywhere else where people ask us to come. We also distribute tens of thousands of Know Your Rights palmcards, brochures, and related outreach materials in communities throughout New York City every year. To schedule a Know Your Rights training, contact us here!