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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Search and Seizure in Public Schools

Even before the Columbine and Sandy hook tragedies unleashed the latest wave of zero tolerance policies in public schools, the courts have struggled over the basic question of how to handle search and seizure in public schools. In particular, the courts have attempted to balance basic 4th Amendment protections against the desire of school administrators […]

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How To Avoid Getting a Traffic Ticket

You always wear your seatbelt — even when playing Grand Theft Auto. You yield to pedestrians — who have yet to be conceived. You drive so defensively that Chuck Hagel calls you for advice. You are The Most Careful Driver in the World! Okay, you might not be The Most Careful Driver in the World. […]

Traffic Ticket Myths

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Top 4 Traffic Ticket Myths

Nothing ruins your day faster than seeing flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. Few moments are as stressful as a police encounter. If you get a traffic ticket and choose to fight it, you’ll need to deal with a confusing maze of vehicle codes in traffic court. So if you’re preparing to […]

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