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Know Your Rights

1. Silence.

2. I can say “NO” if the police ask permission to search me (or my things). Saying “NO” does not mean I have something to hide.

3. I can leave unless I am being detained or arrested.

4. If I am being detained or arrested, I have a right to know why, and a right to speak privately to a lawyer without delay—even if I can’t afford to pay.

5. I can only be strip-searched in private by officers of the same sex.

6. I have a right to know a police officer’s name and badge number.

7. I can report a police officer who abuses me, swears at me or violates my rights.

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