Know Your Rights – 10 Rules for Dealing with the Police

Thursday November 10, 2016 7:00 PM

Speaking SF Cephus Johnson, a.k.a Uncle Bobby, is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending police brutality in America. After his nephew, Oscar Grant, was murdered by a Bart police officer in 2009, Cephus founded two social justice organizations, the Oscar Grant Foundation and Love Not Blood Campaign. Since then, Cephus has received many prestigious awards for his activism, including The Fannie Lou Hamer Award 2016, The Hero of Forgiveness Award 2016, The Henry Moskowitz Award 2015, The Kwame Ture Black Star of Labor Award 2015, The Black Organizing Project Award 2014, The Martin Luther King Jr Gene Young Award 2014, and many others. He was a consultant for the movie Fruitvale Station, and has served as a leading expert on the creation of the Motherhood and Fatherhood Movement of children murdered by police. He is a sought-after speaker who has delivered workshops on topics such as, “Knowing your Rights; “10 Rules for Dealing with the Police”; “Criminalization of young people by the justice system”.

In the video, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police DVD | Flex Your Rights, the opening scene portrays Darren, a young black man getting pulled over. He’s driving home from college. This is the fifth time he’s been pulled over in a year. Frustrated and scared, Darren immediately breaks Rule #1: Always Be Calm & Cool. Mouthing off to the officer, Darren aggressively exits the car and slams the door. The officer overreacts, dropping Darren with a taser shot to his chest.

Should the officer have tased Darren in that situation? Probably not. Would the officer likely be disciplined? No. But that’s not the main point of 10 Rules. The point is that the choices you make during the course of such encounters have a massive impact on whether it ends with a simple warning, a tasing — or worse. This is true even if you’ve done nothing illegal.

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About Uncle Bobby

All our work at Love Not Blood Campaign is guided by our vision for a racially just society. We dream of a day when families will not have to be traumatized by police violence, including communal violence. When all families are granted justice and supported through their traumatic experience of police violence. When every family is safe from police violence and communal violence. In service of this vision, Love Not Blood Campaign adopted an ambitious purpose: to support and embrace every family impacted by police violence and communal violence in building a political movement to eliminate police violence and structural racism from our society.