If a police officer stops you on the street

• If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, begin by requesting that they introduce themselves and clarify the reason for the stop, particularly if they are in civilian attire. The police are obligated to provide an explanation for the stop.

• While under suspension, you are also obligated to identify yourself and, if necessary, present proof of identity. If you do not possess documentation and fail to disclose your identity to the police officer, they have the authority to escort you to the nearest department for identification purposes. From this moment on, you enjoy the rights and duties of a detainee.

• During the stop, the police officer is only authorized to conduct a “superficial search,” which must be conducted by an officer of the same gender. “Superficial” entails a quick examination, such as glancing at a hand or other object, for example, a brief pat-down using a pen, and does not entail thorough rummaging or searching of your pockets without your consent.

• “Search” constitutes a criminal investigative measure of significantly greater severity, requiring notification of the decision based on urgent necessity or a court order to carry out a personal search lawfully. If you prefer not to remove items from your pockets or purse, request a statement. Throughout the search process, you retain the right to have a witness present, which could be an ordinary passerby.

• If you believe your safety is in jeopardy, refrain from signing any protocols! Always insist on being contacted and given the opportunity to call your lawyer.

• For assistance, you can reach out to us through the Instagram/Facebook pages of the movement.

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