Why You May Be Stopped

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Why You May be Stopped By the Police

The following advice is offered by the National Black Police Association , an organization dedicated to promoting justice, fairness and effectiveness in law enforcement.

Possible reasons for being stopped by the police are given by the National Black Police Association  an organization dedicated to promoting justice, fairness and effectiveness in law enforcement. There is more information on their website but remember, laws may vary from state to state.

The NBP writes: “There are many factors that may lead the police to approach and/or detain you. Every situation is different and the officer may consider one or more of the following factors:

▪You are near a location where a crime has been recently reported or discovered.

▪You may be – knowingly or unknowingly – a fact witness to a criminal event or a potential criminal target.

▪You are hanging around with people or locations being monitored by the police to prevent crimes.

▪You are acting in a manner which appears to be suspicious, potentially criminal or the police believe you may be in possession of stolen property, contraband, or weapons.

▪When walking or driving your car, you refuse to answer police questions and/or give false, evasive, or contradictory information… or you are combative and use derogatory or offensive language when approached… your reaction may be perceived as suspicious or threatening. Saying the wrong things at the wrong time could lead to further police detainment, questions, increased stress or a trip to jail. Who needs this?

▪You have been identified to the police by someone else or you fit the description of a criminal actor.

▪Remember, police must be able to articulate to the court’s satisfaction what “reasonable suspicion” and “probable cause” was used to stop, detain, and arrest a citizen. “

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