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Police are typically a group of people (singular: police officer, law enforcement officer (LEO)) given the legal authority to enforce law by their governing body. Their function is primarily to respond to emergency calls, but they may also serve many other functions such as the safeguarding of minors, executing arrest warrants, and interviewing suspects.
A boylover may have occasion to come into contact with the police. None of the below statements should be taken as profession advice, or as advice that a lawyer might recommend.
- Police lie and they do so routinely. They are taught to. A policeman does not have to answer your questions truthfully.
- The police will not tell you your rights. They are required to tell you your "Miranda rights" in the U.S., but only after you've been arrested.
- The police do not necessarily know the law very well. What you're doing may be legal, but you can get arrested anyway. Then you've got a legal bill to get it straightened out.
- Ask if you are free to leave. If so, leave immediately. Ask repeatedly.
- If the policeman can't see you, he can't arrest you. The safest place to be is in your home with the door closed and the shades drawn.
- Never let a policeman into your house or your car without a warrant, whether to "talk" or "look around" or anything else. Be prepared for pressure to do so. (What are you hiding? Don't you want this over quickly?) Police in your residence, or your vehicle, will be looking for evidence of crimes, even if they pretend not to be.
- Do not stand in your doorway and converse with the police. If you want to talk, go outside and close the door behind you.
- Above all, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. You have the right to remain silent. Use that right. Don't even tell the policeman why you're not guilty. If needed, do it later with a lawyer present. Talking with the police cannot help you and may make the situation worse.
- Not talking cannot be used against you, although the policeman may try to make you think that it will.
- Know the name of a lawyer. You can't research lawyers while you're in a jail cell. A good way to find a lawyer is to ask a lawyer in another speciality for a recommendation. Ask a matrimonial lawyer to recommend a criminal lawyer.
- Immediately afterwards, write down everything you can remember about the incident.
For further information
- American Civil Liberties Union, "Know Your Rights. What To Do If You're Stopped By Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI". https://www.aclu.org/drug-law-reform-immigrants-rights-racial-justice/know-your-rights-what-do-if-you
- "An Ex-cop's Guide to Not Getting Arrested." http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2013/11/ex-cops-guide-not-getting-arrested/7491/
- "This Infographic Shows You How to Answer Police and Avoid Arrest.” http://lifehacker.com/this-infographic-shows-you-how-to-answer-police-and-avo-1496295929
During the 19th into the early 20th century in large cities such as Paris, London, New York, and Chicago, it was not uncommon for the police to pick up homeless or drunken boys off the street. Having no place to put them except for jail, the police would often drop the boys off at the home of a local boylover, where they would be fed and taken care of for at least the night. And reportedly, it saved on much paperwork.[Citation needed] This practice may continue in some countries even today outside the Axis of evil.
In PAN Issue 2 (August 1979), there is an alleged incident where the interviewing officers would not allow a 10-year-old boy to use the toilet without giving a statement indicating sexual involvement with his adult friend at the time, and as a result the boy wet himself twice before caving.
- PAN Issue 2, August 1979, page 30 Retrieved September 25, 2018
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