Posts Tagged ‘Rights’
From the videotaping of Rodney King’s beating by LA policemen on March 3, 1991 to the questionable death of Sandra Bland on July 13, 2015 (after being stopped by police officers three days prior), and other cases that have been in the news, traffic stops have produced considerable debates and controversies.
Unquestionably and statistically Blacks, particularly Black males are pulled over at alarming rates for traffic stops.
Therefore, it is imperative that we know our rights and what to do.
So if you are stopped by police officers while driving, according to public safety experts, these steps may be helpful.
1. Pull over as soon as the police car lights come on.
2. Provide your registration, license, and proof of insurance.
3. Keep your hands visible.
4. Exit the car only if asked.
5. Be polite and respectful.
6. Don’t argue with the police officers; argue in court.
7. If you are registered to carry a gun, tell the officer.
8. Your car can be searched for reasonable cause. You do not have to
9. Don’t lie to the police officers.
10. Passengers should remain quiet.
11. Put out cigarettes if smoking.
12. Turn off the radio.
Police Officers are guided by codes of conduct, even if they don’t follow them.
Their job is to protect the public.
We need their services and should respect authority.
Officers have a lot of discretion.
Knowing your rights is critical.
It may save your life!
Source: www. azcentral.com
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Racial controversy is traveling. It has made it to the football field.
Rather you agree or disagree with Colin Kaepernick’s “objectionable” decision to remain seated during the national anthem in protest, it is constitutionally the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s right to freedom of speech.
Kaepernick refused to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before his team’s preseason loss last week to the Green Bay Packers. Defending his decision as an act of political protest, Kaepernick stated,
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
In a separate statement to not affront military personnel, Kaepernick stated that he had “great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country.”
Opinions have been pouring in.
Alex Boone, the Minnesota Vikings veteran guard, made it abundantly clear Sunday that he was upset by former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick’s recent decision not to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner.
“It’s hard for me, because my brother was a Marine, and he lost a lot of friends over there,” Boone said.
Boomer Esiason, retired quarterback and current network color commentator calls Kaepernick’s actions, totally “disrespectful.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA all time leading scorer who in 1967 took a stand at a Cleveland (Ohio) Summit with Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Jim Brown, and other athletes of color in their protest of the Vietnam War, calls Kaepernick’s actions “highly patriotic.” Agreeing with Jabbar is Tommie Smith who along with John Carlos raised their fists in protest of racism in America after winning the gold and bronze medals for the 200 meter dash in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
America is a country that was built on freedoms. Some were initially granted; others were deferred, some we are still fighting to achieve. Kaepernick, who is biracial exercised his rights and showed his opinion.
We can debate his decision. We can say that the football field was not the place. None of us can deny, however that his actions has drawn considerable attention.
I venture to ask, “How does the NFL view this?”
The league’s position is that “players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”
Standing during the national anthem singing is regarded as a sign of respect. Not standing is an individual’s right.
Kaepernick took a stand by refusing to stand. The question is – Where do you stand? Of course, you can quietly answer or openly relate your opinion. The choice is yours. It’s called freedom of speech; it’s called democracy.
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