What are your rights when the police stop you?
Director of the Police Brutality Law Clinic Candice Pillay discusses the rights of the public and recourse for police brutality.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE STOPPED BY POLICE
Stay calm: Human nature is such that when people are stopped by police they tend to get upset, or angry or annoyed.
Police have a duty to perform, let them perform their duty.
Co-operate: They will have questions about where you're going, what you're doing, whether you were drinking or not.
If you feel nervous or anxious or as though you've been stopped and you are uncomfortable, be vigilant and try to get as much detail as you can from the experience.
You can ask the police official for their name, they are required to oblige.
Look at the vehicle they're travelling in, was it orange and blue or was it blue and white?
Listen to the questions they ask, are they standard questions or are they provoking questions?
Also identify characteristics like a gold tooth or a scar etc.
You are allowed to say you feel uncomfortable and can request to carry on speaking at the nearest police station.
The experience might not lead to an assault or police brutality, but it may be uncomfortable enough for you to want to report it.
If it police brutality, although difficult, keep your wits about you, try to remember the sequence of events; where did the first punch land, were you hit in the face - that becomes very necessary later on.