According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “The burden of de-escalation does not fall on private citizens — it falls on police officers. However, you cannot assume officers will behave in a way that protects your safety or that they will respect your rights even after you assert them.” For this reason the ACLU, wants you to know your rights and other strategies to handle police encounters to lessen the likelihood of injury or death.

As we discussed in Part 1: The Talk, teaching Black children what to do when they interact with police and other authority figures is absolutely necessary. So for this episode, I’m joined by Attorney at Law, Shannon Ligon to discuss the importance of knowing your rights and how to behave when stopped by the police. Attorney Ligon says, “they (our rights) are infringed upon everyday.”

I pray for the day we can trust all police to protect and serve all lives. Until then…take notes and know your rights.

This episode covers:

-Why it’s important to know your rights

-Rights you need to know and never forget

-Special considerations for kids

-Steps to take when stopped by the police

-Rights regarding your car and home

Thanks, Shannon A. Ligon, Attorney at Law

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