BUSTCARD: Know your rights if police stop you:
What To Do If You’re Stopped By the Police
Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and emotions.
Don’t get into an argument with the police.
Never bad-mouth a police officer.
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 at the scene or tell the police they’re wrong or that you’re going to file a complaint.
Do not make any statements regarding the incident.
Ask for a lawyer immediately if you are arrested.
Remember officers’ badge and patrol car numbers.
Write down everything you remember ASAP.
Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
If you are injured, take photos of the injuries as soon as possible, but make sure you get medical attention first.
Police may stop and detain you only if they have a reasonable suspicion that you have committed, are committing or are about to commit a crime.
You can ask if you are under arrest or free to leave. If you are arrested, you have a right to know why.
Police can't lawfully require that you identify yourself or produce identification if they don't reasonably suspect you are involved in a crime. But use your judgment — refusal could lead to your arrest even if unjustified.
If police reasonably suspect you pose a danger to them or others, they may conduct a frisk and “pat down” your outer clothing. Don’t physically resist, but make it clear that you don’t consent to any further search.
Don’t bad-mouth a police officer or run away, even if you believe what is happening is unreasonable. That could lead to your arrest.
I would have the injuction list of "Anonymous stalkers" and point out to the police that I'm not on the list. I would also have my buddies film everything that the police are doing. Someone should have the job of keeping the rest of the Anonymous crowd moving on and not yelling at the policemen. They should also be alert for any agent provocateur rock-throwing or illegality that some Scientologist tries to pull while the Anonymous crowd is distracted by the police inquiry.
I would, if asked at the picket for ID, offer to let the police pat me down to show I had no weapons. I would be respectful, and answer the police's other questions. I'd ask, on camera, "If I give you my ID and I'm completely law-abiding, will you put my name in a database?" If yes, "Is that database open to the public?" If the answer is "yes," then I'd probably cave in and give them my ID anyway. But at least it reveals the police as cooperating with CoS to intimidate peaceful protesters. If the answer is "no," the policeman promises name won't go into a database, and then I find there IS a database, I can take my buddies' film showing the policeman's promise and SUE.
No matter what, the Anonymous mob should not gang up on the police officer
- they could interpret that as a riot and s*&%, that would be bad. If tear gas is fired, the picketers look wild and frantic, like criminals. CoS will look like the innocent victim saved from the mob.