“Knock and Talks”

Have you ever had an unexpected knock on your door only to look out the window and see police officers?

What am I required by U.S. law to do; you may have thought?  Must I open the door for law enforcement officers even though I did not call them to my location?

“Knock and Talks” as they are known in policing are very common throughout America and are used as a source for “fishing” for information.  Many times the subject of the interview did not even participate in any suspected criminal activity.  Maybe your neighbor filed a false complaint or you were a witness to an event days or weeks prior?

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/march/28/death-at-your-door-knock-and-talk-police-tactics-rip-a-hole-in-the-constitution/

It is for these reasons that under U.S. law, you have NO obligation to open a door when a cop knocks.  You actually do not even have to speak with law enforcement.

Your right to remain silent and not answer questions is always available…not just when you are under arrest as the movies would like you to believe.

If placed in this situation of receiving a “knock and talk”, it is best to learn this phrase and speak it out a window to police: “I do not wish to answer any questions”.

Every good lawyer is taught this in law school and relays this message to their clients.

When did the “knock and talk” paradigm develop you might ask? Are these and other invasive National Security tactics like “eavesdropping” a sign of a more concerning shift towards Fascism away from private citizen rights and liberties?

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/01/31/the-12-early-warning-signs-of-fascism/

If faced with an unexpected knock on your door, it is best to be polite and speak through a window to police.

If the cops give you any indication that you may be a suspect in one of their investigations, then I advise you to get an attorney…if you do not have the money to hire a lawyer, then please seek the free legal services in your area.

Many folks that are dragged into the criminal justice system or worse were killed by police, could have avoided their outcomes by NOT opening the door and calling for legal support immediately.

In Alaska there are Legal Service offices throughout the state. These attorneys receive compensation through grants and federal funding.

https://alaskalawhelp.org/find-legal-help

Like many other social problems facing our country, help may be just a phone call away.

Protect yourself and your family next time you are confronted by the cops…

“I am not interested in answering questions, may I please speak with an attorney”

This is the Mantra of a free and civil society, a culture that may be slipping slowly towards a global corporate oligarchy of totalitarian control.

 

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Police Shootings In Alaska

This Saturday in Alaska two people were shot and killed by law enforcement officers and neither victim appears to have had a firearm at the time; although one allegedly had a knife drawn at the time of confrontation.

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2018/03/25/troopers-fatally-shoot-nikolaevsk-man/

These types of events are on the rise in America and come after a year when in 2017 there were 987 people shot and killed by our “fatal” police force in America.

The Washington Post has started a database online to track these tragic events and keep a record of how many victims are unarmed at the time of their death.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2017/

Last year a shooting occurred in the town of Seward, Alaska in which the victim was already “in custody” and handcuffed in the back seat of the patrol car.

Somehow the dividing Plexiglas between seats was down and the subject crawled over the seat and attempted to move the police car.

The Seward police officer then opened the driver’s front door and fired his automatic pistol multiple times into the chest of the suspect.

Again, this man was handcuffed and unarmed when he was killed.

Warning this video contains disturbing graphic content.

I question the use of this excessive force with unarmed suspects and wonder why tazers are not used more often in these situations?

In this next video, cadets at the Alaska Trooper academy are learning how to use tazers and from this video it looks to be an effective means at stopping an unarmed assailant.

I wonder how much of the training at the academy is aimed at “negotiations” versus the shooting range or “cuff and stuff” protocols?

In the face of our state and nation’s opium epidemic and over all “state of intoxication”, I feel non lethal ways of restraining and subduing suspects are greatly needed.

These victims of police violence are community members, family members and “sentient beings” on our planet.  When we hear of multiple police shootings in one day in a state, we wonder if government is advancing towards totalitarianism.

Voices from the past in history teach us that discussion and critical thinking on these subjects is very important.