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In honor of Constitution Day, Pete Guither has some sarcastic observations regarding how tragically far removed we are from the freedoms promised us in that great document. It’s true, but I also think it’s terribly important that we understand how to use the rights we still have. So I thought everyone would enjoy these 4th Amendment success stories I’ve been compiling over at Flex Your Rights:
I was driving from New York to D.C., and I was pulled over going through Baltimore. The officer asked if I knew why he pulled me over. Having recently seen Busted, I made it a point to say, "I don't know," instead of "speeding." He said he wasn't going to write me a ticket, but wanted to search the car because they "were seeing a lot of drugs going through the area." I told him I was in a hurry and really didn't feel it was necessary. He tried to get all buddy-buddy and make it seem like I should "just help him out." He said his boss really wanted them to be checking cars, so he'd "really appreciate it." At this point, I said I did not wish to consent to a search and asked if I was free to go. He said "yes" and I drove off.

Mason T.
Denver, CO

We had a Know Your Rights training (and showed Busted) for the American Indian Community at the IndianWorks community center. One woman who attended told us that her son and his friends were being harassed by a police officer assigned to his high school. The officer stopped them repeatedly when they hung out after school and constantly demanded to search their bags. Although her son was not at the training, she was eager to show him the information and she went home and ordered Busted off the website.

She called a month later to say that when the officer stopped her son and his friends as they walked home from school and demanded to search their backpacks, her son said, "Officer, am I being detained or am I free to go and I do not consent to a search" all in one sentence. The cop turned red in the face but returned to his squad car, sped off and has not bothered them since. With such great results, the mom has been showing Busted to all of the neighborhood youth.

Michelle G,
Minneapolis, MN

Just two days ago I had an unfortunate run-in with the police. They were already in my house, to respond to an emergency that my friend was having. Due to the nature of his emergency, they requested a search of my house. Immediately, everything from Busted came rushing back. I think the only things I said (and repeated) were "I do not consent to a search", "Are we free to go to the hospital now?" and "I think I need to contact my lawyer." When I said "lawyer" the cop backed off. But I just couldn't believe how astounded he was that I refused the search. He insisted that it meant I had something to hide over and over. And, too, the use of silence really came in handy. I have never been in a situation like that before, especially with the cops already inside my house. So, thanks for Busted. That truly saved me. It was the only thing I thought of the entire interrogation. Things could have turned out differently otherwise.

Stephanie H.
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Great post

Excellent stories, and I agree whole-heartedly with the sentiment (despite the sarcasm in my own post). My SSDP chapter is showing "Busted" in two weeks.

"Busted" busts the cops balls...

I recommend the "Busted" videos to every American! Even if you don't use drugs, they inform you, the citizen, of ways to deal with cops that ensure everyone's safety and rights aren't violated. More than a few cops have posted positive responses to the "Busted" series on the website. Since we still have some freedom left in the US, we'd better use it before it disappears.

Sadly, as a sporadic cannabis user, I had to learn how to deal with the police the hard way. After getting tricked into a search of my car by the Duluth, GA police (they LOVE asset forfeiture, it pays for their military-type weaponry!) spending a week in jail, and having my car seized for possession of cannabis paraphenalia, I took it upon myself to educate myself as to what my rights were and how to use them. I've been pulled over three more times, and every time I did basically what the "Busted" videos teach you to do. Everytime, I drove home while a wave of relief washed over me. I encourage you, watch these videos! They're free on Youtube, or you can buy them and show them to groups of friends.

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