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'Know Your Rights' When It Comes To Police? Get The Facts Sunday

By Linze Rice | April 1, 2016 6:20am
A "Know Your Rights" seminar is being hosted by city and state officials Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church, 7059 N. Greenview Ave.
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ROGERS PARK — Do you know your rights when it comes to being stopped by the police?

Though people interact with police daily, many aren't sure when it comes to asserting their basic rights like what is searchable and when, what is legal and illegal, and what consequences could occur for not knowing the law.

Similarly, people can be unaware of when their rights are being violated by police or, what to do if they feel an officer has wronged them.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Ald. Joe Moore (49th), Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sen. Heather Steans will be hosting a "Know Your Rights" seminar to address these questions and more at the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church, 7059 N. Greenview Ave.

Doors for the event open at 1:30 p.m.

The workshop will include a panel with representatives from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, ONE Northside, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the Cook County Public Defender’s office. 

In an email to residents, Moore wrote the event is meant to "empower" attendees, while also helping "law enforcement officers do their jobs better."

"The vast majority of officers act within constitutional guidelines, but sadly a few officers may take advantage of those who are ignorant of their rights, often through subtle, not overt, means," Moore said.

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