I previously blogged about our Firm being ready to represent those in Pike and Monroe Counties, who have been aggrieved by the Pennsylvania State Police’s (PSP) actions, including removing them from their homes and conducting warrantless searches of their vehicles. If you are one of those individuals, in preparation for vindicating your rights, there are several things you should do:
- If a law enforcement officer stops you in your vehicle, you only need to produce your driver’s license, insurance and proof of registration. You do NOT need to speak with any LEO. You do NOT need to answer any of their questions. You should merely ask whether you are free to leave. If they say no, you should IMMEDIATELY demand your attorney, stay steadfast in that demand, and demand their name and badge number. NEVER consent to any search, regardless of what they promise or threaten. Be prepared for them to threaten you with obtaining search warrants to search your vehicle/home and with charging. If they think they can get a warrant, make them.
- Start keeping track of damages that you are incurring as a result of their deprivation of your Rights:
- If you have been removed from your home, keep track of all your receipts related to your hotel and board that you had to pay for. Remember, eating out is much more expensive then cooking at home.
- When you get home, document what was in your refrigerator and what has gone bad or since expired.
- If you missed deadlines for paying your bills because they were at your residence, immediately notify the business upon your return, explaining that you could not pay timely because of the situation. Keep a copy of that letter and any communications that you receive in response.
- Document through whatever means available to you the date and time that you were excluded from your home and the date and time you were permitted re-entry.
- If you had to drive your child to school because he/she could not get on the bus from your home, keep track of what days you had to take them to school and the miles you drove. If you normally drive your child to school but now had to traverse an additional distance, keep track of that extra mileage.
- Document the name and badge number of every officer that you come into contact with and what the officer said or did to you.
Just because one of their brethren was murdered does not give them a right to violate YOUR Rights. When is the last time that such a manhunt occurred in relation to the single killing of a non-law enforcement/political person? Yeah, I can’t remember a time either….