Even drunks have rights

Dear Editor,

Re: Alleged Police brutality

I hope S/O could print a series of articles highlighting common laws and rules. So we can examine obstructing justice with Police treatment of intoxicated people brought in custody.

Not that I don’t believe it’s common for people to do everything they can -- including lying, fighting and destroying evidence (truth) -- so that they or someone they know doesn’t go to jail. Such actions usually backfire!

There are laws that apply to people to try to hamper police work. 

For example, it is illegal to interfere with someone who is trying to report a crime; it is illegal to give a fake name or other false information during the investigation of a crime; and it is illegal to refuse to aid a police officer who orders assistance.

It is also illegal to resist arrest or flee from police. 

And it is illegal under the disorderly conduct statute to fail to calm down for police during an investigation.

We can be stopped for an infraction or ordinance violation to hand over a driver’s license or give the name, date of birth and address, but we do have the right to otherwise remain silent and not incriminate ourselves.

So, while attempting to detain and remove him from the village, remember that the intoxicated man has rights and supposedly to be treated like another police! Beating or to swear at people for generally makes matters worse’.

“Be forward and honest, keep your emotions under control and realize that people may be intoxicated but not lifeless. 

Eat the colors of the rainbow!


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