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What should I do if my rights are being violated by a police officer?


It rarely does any good to argue with a street patrol officer. If you feel safe doing so under the circumstances, you could ask to talk to a supervisor and explain your position to them, pointing out that you are not disrupting anyone else’s activity and that the First Amendment protects your actions. As soon as it is safe to do so, take notes of your interactions, including officers’ names and badge numbers. If you disobey an officer, you might be arrested and required to spend the night in jail before being released on bail.