4 Terrible Ways Departments Block Police Complaints

Police complaints represent a basic First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. But here are four ways police departments disregard this fundamental right. 1) Police Station Intimidation For those of you who are brave enough to file police complaints in-person, don’t expect service with a smile. Your typical customer service […]

The Tragedy of Sandra Bland

If you’re unfamiliar with this tragic story, Sandra Bland was a 28-year-old black woman who was found dead in a Texas jail cell. After the dashcam video of her arrest was released, a reporter from The Guardian contacted me for a legal opinion of the ill-fated encounter. Here’s what I had to say: Steve Silverman, […]

Watch People React to 10 Rules for Dealing with Police

I can hardly believe it’s been five years since we released 10 Rules for Dealing with Police! But you wouldn’t know it from the way people react when they see it for the first time. Luckily, when I heard about this local event hosted by renowned DC community activist Kymone Freeman, I was able to […]

Rodriguez v. United States

On Tuesday the Court held in Rodriguez v. U.S. that suspects cannot be detained beyond the scope of a routine traffic stop for the sole purpose of performing a dog sniff. The 6-3 ruling is indeed a big win for the 4th Amendment. But our old friend and former-Flex Associate Director Scott Morgan emailed me a […]

Bitcoin Donations Now Accepted!

We’re the engineers of justice! Join us now! How else should I put it? We build popular tools for better Bill of Rights education. In fact, our YouTube channel just surpassed 37 million views and 64 million minutes watched! Now in 2015 we’re building the most trusted and powerful police misconduct reporting service in the […]

Bad cops: Why don’t more people report them?

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in December 2014. It’s been updated to reflect the revised name for our new police complaints project. I confess. I made this sign as “conversation bait” to engage attendees at last week’s National March Against Police Violence. (I’m a monster.) But in my defense, these conversations were research […]

Flex Your Rights Rocks C-SPAN!

Two weeks ago, I turned 38. Days before my birthday, my wife Tara asked me how I wanted to celebrate. With a sigh of exasperation, I explained that birthdays were the last thing on my mind. Months before I agreed to speak at University of Maryland, my alma mater, on my birthday. The day after, […]

Meet our Dashcam Contest Winners!

Lorenzo Murillo from Indiana is young and latino. Sam Tracy from Washington, DC is a marijuana reform activist. Joshua Berry from Pennsylvania carries a legal concealed firearm. They’ve all got a reason or two to be concerned about police abuse. Now they’ll get their own Flex-approved dashcam! So heads up to all law enforcement officers. […]

Top 5 Flex Your Rights Facebook Events: August

In addition to surpassing 20,000 Facebook “likes” in August, here are 5 posts from our page that got lots of attention. #5. Tennessee Rolls Out “No Refusal” Blood-Draw DUI Checkpoints for Labor Day​ This is disturbing. “We are all American citizens, and you guys got me strapped to a table like I’m in Guantanamo fucking Bay.” — […]

Flex Your Rights Founder Steve Silverman on RT [Video]

New York City police officer Michael Ackermann was indicted on three felony counts and five misdemeanors for lying about the circumstances that led to the arrest of NY Times photog Robert Stolarik. Steve Silverman, executive director of Flex Your Rights discusses that case and how to protect your rights when photographing or recording police officers.

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