If you watch a lot of YouTube, you know that there are a lot of folks out there who think a cursory look at the U.S. Constitution gives them total knowledge of the law.
Especially among the “cop-watch” crowd, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there about what the law actually says with respect to citizen-police encounters.
The problem is it’s difficult for people to know what’s what these days, thanks in great part to social media, online activism, and other phenomenon muddying the waters.
Thankfully, the folks at USA Today say down with some professors of law to get the facts on citizens’ legal rights and responsibilities when they come in contact with certified law enforcement professionals.
The piece is also a good resource for agencies and officers that want to have materials at the ready, should a citizen or a member of the media ask for the information.
That being said, state and local ordinances vary widely, and not every LEO may think the professors got it all right.
Take a look and see if you think the information is accurate, or if it might need revision.