“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” - Henry David Thoreau
Yesterday, the East Precinct Advisory Council meeting buzzed with talk of police reform, and how the relationship between police and community is strained. East Precinct Captain Ron Wilson and Lieutenant Bryan Grenon were there to answer questions regarding recent crime and happenings in the East Precinct. Also present was Betsy Graef, Acting Director of the Community Police Commission (CPC), who encouraged the neighborhood (and entire city) to participate in the CPC Questionnaire before October 31, which take about 5 minutes and will help the police better serve the community. Before leaving, Graef handed out business-sized cards detailing “what to do if you’re stopped by the police.” Here’s the answer:
- Be polite and respectful
- Stay calm and in control of your words and body language
- Don’t get into an argument with the police
- Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you.
- Keep your hands where the police can see them.
- Don’t run. Don’t touch any police officer.
- Don’t resist even if you believe you are innocent.
- Don’t complain on the scene; you can do that later.
- Don’t make any statements regarding the incident.
- Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest.
- Remember Officers’ badge numbers
- Write down everything you remember ASAP.
- Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
- If you are injured, take photographs of injuries as soon as possible, but make sure you seek medical attention first.
- If you feel your rights have been violated, contact a lawyer.
The CPC Questionnaire can be found here, or by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPC123.