If You Are Questioned or Frisked
The following advice is offered by the National Black Police Association, an organization dedicated to promoting justice, fairness and effectiveness in law enforcement.
IF YOU ARE STOPPED, QUESTIONED AND/OR FRISKED:
- Police may stop and briefly detain you only if there is reasonable suspicion that you committed, are committing or are about to commit a crime.
- You should ask if you are under arrest or free to leave.
- In New York, you are not required to carry ID, and you don’t have to show ID to a police officer. If you are issued a summons or arrested, however, and you refuse to produce ID or tell officers who you are, the police may detain you until you can be positively identified.
- 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.