Good Citizens Know Their Rights During Law Enforcement Encounters

Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters is an amazing, well-produced video (45 minutes) that should be required viewing for all U.S. citizens above the age of about 14. During routine traffic stops and other encounters, police often ask questions that amount to “idiot tests,” and which can easily lead citizens to unknowingly waive their Constitutional rights. By knowing your rights, you can help keep otherwise honest law officers from overstepping their rightful authority.

One other note: This video does depict people being caught breaking the law. As a blog entry at points out:

If we’d tried to teach the 4th Amendment without depicting petty criminality, BUSTED would be more boring than a romantic evening with abstinence enthusiast Jay Stephenson.

Whether or not you break the law, you should know your rights.

If you attend Burning Man, it is also important to review the specific guidance provide by the Burning Man Organization.

The entire video is available on YouTube (embedded below) and can also be downloaded via BitTorrent. Also, make sure you read the FAQ.

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