“If more people knew their rights and the laws of their country, city, states, etc. there would be less crime and arrests.”
“Knowing your rights and staying quiet without representation could cut down on arrests in our country.”
“It is not about having statistics, it is about using common sense….something not rarely practiced a lot.”
“Knowing your rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights is key to the deepening of the human rights culture and promotion of new profound values provided for in the Constitution.”
“Therefore, knowledge of ones rights and obligations is very important. If you are ignorant of your rights you deny yourself the right take actions to protect and advance yourself.”
“Throughout history, rulers and dictators have taken away people’s rights.”
“Do you how easy it really is to get a police to back off of you in this country, no matter how many times we see negative things on the news, internet, etc.?”
“You have the right, if you are stopped, to refuse to answer any questions for any reason or no reason. You can invoke your right to silence by saying, “I refuse to answer any questions” or “I want to speak to a lawyer” or “I wish to remain silent.”
“If you do not clearly invoke your right to silence with such a statement, you may subject yourself to continued questioning by police.”
“When they approach, they should be the ones talking as to why they stopped you.”
“They may ask you, “Do you know why I stopped you” and most of the time, if we ran a stop sign, etc. we do know this and we can politely admit to our wrong doing.”
“You will be surprised how easy this is and with a Godly face, admit to what you did and they on a good day will say thank you and be careful next time and this is a warning.”
“We cannot look like we are mad at the world when approached and this causes them to be defensive too and after all….police are trained to protect and serve the community!”
“If you refuse to become a part of their conversation, especially if they have not told you why they stopped you and if they don’t say why, this is where we refuse to speak without legal representation.”
“This will cut down on arrests and also shows them that we know our rights too!”
“The moment you have a frown on your face, get smart or start the conversation off before being told why you were stopped, we give up our rights and all hell can break out!”
“Again….police are trained to protect and serve!” They are taught if they feel threatened to use self-defense.”
“Just think about it….how it would feel if you didn’t know whether a person had a gun or not and was uncooperative and unruly and getting smart with you….wouldn’t you feel that you needed to protect yourself or even may be a bit afraid?”
“We are blessed in this country and at least we have rights…… and the least we can do is know our rights to cut down a matter from escalating which can turn ugly, violent for no reason at all for both parties.”
“Depending on your state laws, if you are only being stopped, you can refuse to give your consent for an officer to search your person, vehicle or home.”
Further, anything you say can be used as evidence against you. Sometimes people think that what they are saying won’t incriminate them, but it can provide a link in a chain of information that could incriminate them.
“Even if you believe the officer has no grounds to stop and question you, do not argue with or resist the police. Arguing or resisting will not help you, and may make it more likely that the police will arrest you and bring criminal charges against you.”
“In many parts of the world today people can’t worship as they please, talk freely, gather with groups of friends, or travel.”
“If you feel that everyone is always telling you what to do and that you have no rights, you’re wrong! ”
“Children are protected by the same laws that protect adults, such as the Bill of Rights.”
“Children also have their own rights, which were developed by the United Nations. It’s important to know your rights and to stand up for yourself.”
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution in the form of amendments. The chief purpose of the amendments was to protect the rights of individuals from the government’s interference. They guarantee rights such as religious freedom, freedom of the press, and trial by jury to all American citizens.
- First Amendment: Freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the press, the right to assemble, the right to petition government.
- Second Amendment: The right to form a militia and to keep and bear arms.
- Third Amendment: The right not to have soldiers in one’s home.
- Fourth Amendment: Protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
- Fifth Amendment: No one can be tried for a serious crime unless indicted (accused) by a grand jury. No one can be forced to testify against herself or himself. No one can be punished without due process of law. People must be paid for property taken for public use.
- Sixth Amendment: People have a right to a speedy trial, to legal counsel, and to confront their accusers.
- Seventh Amendment: People have the right to a jury trial in civil suits exceeding $20.
- Eighth Amendment: Protection against excessive bail (money to release a person from jail), stiff fines, and cruel and unusual punishment.
- Ninth Amendment: Because there are so many basic human rights, not all of them could be listed in the Constitution. This amendment means that the rights that are enumerated cannot infringe upon rights that are not listed in the Constitution.
- Tenth Amendment: Powers not given to the federal government by the Constitution belong to the states or the people.
Other Important Amendments
- Thirteenth Amendment (1865): Slavery shall not be allowed in the U.S.
- Nineteenth Amendment (1920): Women have the right to vote.
- Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971): U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older have the right to vote. (Previously, they had to be 21 years old.)