Blogging the Drug Policy Alliance Conference 2: 10 Rules for Dealing with Police

Last night, I attended a “sneak-preview” conference screening of “10 Rules for Dealing with Police,” a new video by Flex Your Rights.  Any profs out there who advise Street Law or similar programs should be sure to order this DVD once it is released (currently scheduled for late this year or early next).  10 Rules features super-star criminal defense lawyer Billy Murphy (who you may remember from his cameos on HBO’s The Wire) and provides practical and accessible guidance for dealing with the police.  The video weaves vignettes of fictionalized police encounters in with advice from Murphy about what to learn from each encounter.  Aside from including the “rules” every criminal defense attorney wishes their clients would follow about how to protect their constitutional rights (such not consenting to searches), the video also provides rules on how to be courteous to the police, etc.   I think 10 Rules will be an incredibly valuable tool for educating high school students and other lay audiences as part of “know your rights” or similar events and programs.

By the way, for those interested, DrugWarRant is providing some more detailed coverage of the Drug Policy Alliance conference.

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