Know Your Rights: Know Your Limits
The October Interrace Forum “Know Your Rights: Know Your Limits” was appropriate for two major reasons. The first is that it addressed one of the issues highlighted at the March 5, 2012 Call to Action meeting. The second in preparation for the BC game and life it is prudent that one knows the law, how to conduct oneself and file complaints if you believe you are stopped unjustly.
NDSP Assistant Chief Keri Shibata, ND Law Professor Jim Gurule and third year law student Mauri Miller educated students and administrators on how to conduct themselves during an encounter with law enforcement personnel. Assistant Chief Shibata talked about the NDSP jurisdiction, their role and how to file a complaint. Professor Gurule explained the Fourth and Fifth Amendments and that you could decline a search or anything that might incriminate yourself. Mr. Miller offered the student’s perspective. He stressed that it was crucial not to escalate the situation and to understand thoroughly the Miranda Rights. All reiterated not to argue with officers in the moment. If you have a concern ask to speak with a supervisor or file a report the next day or as soon as possible.
The information provided constitutes precious life lessons. As a daughter of a police officer, the panelists reaffirmed points that my father shared as I entered college. The Interrrace Advisory Committee is very appreciative that they took time to share the knowledge with the students and administrators present last month. Thank you to our panel and those in attendance.
Wishing safe travels to those who are trekking to Boston this weekend.