Police Brutality

15 Ways To Stop Police Brutality

This story was originally published on MommyNoire.com. Click here for more topics around this issue.

Parents are going to have to come to terms with the state of affairs with Black youth and the police. In the words of Charles Dutton in 1993’s Menace II Society: “The hunt is on and you’re the prey.” In just a couple of months, we’ve seen several high-profile cases involving overaggressive police who are abusing their tax-payer given jobs. Unarmed men like Eric Garner, Mike Brown and – earlier this week – Ezell Ford were killed at the hands or guns–of police. 
The police are out here and it feels like its open season on us. What’s scarier is that we are (seemingly) powerless to do anything. The truth couldn’t be further from reality.

Here what you CAN do.

1. Educate your kids, friends, family – and yourself.

Black men/boys and Black women/girls need education on how to conduct themselves with police. It is not a matter of right and wrong. It is a matter of life and death. Remember: both males and females are being victimized by the crooked cops. Click here to read a MommyNoire story from a Black cop (by way of his daughter) on how to deal with cops. We don’t have to agree, but its important to know the state of mind of a regular police officer.

Know your rights.
When I was a young man, the police used to pull me over constantly. I wasn’t doing anything, so I ignorantly would let them search my car. There were times when they would seemingly be looking to make some kind of case. The same thing happened with my brother. They apprehended him and tried to force somebody at a hospital to say he robbed them. Its not all brutality, but it sure is terrorism.

What to Do I f You’re Stopped By Police, Immigration Agents or FBI – via the ACLU


  • You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
  • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
  • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
  • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.


  • Do stay calm and be polite.
  • Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
  • Do not lie or give false documents.
  • Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
  • Do remember the details of the encounter.
  • Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel

2. Protests Protest! PROTEST!

Protesting and marching has been criticized as ineffective, but the protest remains one of the best ways to get the attention and respect of police, media and the general population. 
(It shows we still care)

3. Create demands

There are a number of agenda’s floating around and many of them include the families of police brutality’s victims. Still, there is a need for a universal, overarching document that is bent on solutions and results.

4. Record and watch the police

Cop Watch has had the right idea since 1990. They have been documenting and monitoring the illicit activities of rogue cops like no other organization. 
See also: http://copwatchnyc.org and http://www.copblock.org.
You don’t need to be in an organization to catch misconduct as it happens. With the rise of the smart phone and other devices, everybody is set to document potential madness.

5. Let the cops know…we are recording

I don’t know that this will help, because some of them seem to be hell-bent on draconian, racist and oppressive behavior. However, I have never been one to just watch somebody die. Unfortunately, jumping in could yield more disastrous results. Scream at them, yell and let them know, they are being tape and monitored.

6. Take legal action against crooked cops

Far too many cops know the law is on their side. And too many people feel they don’t stand a chance in the legal system. Sue, sue SUE! It may not be easy, but it can get results. Hit them in the wallet. 
If you are illegally stopped don’t just think that is how it is. Report it so that it can be documented. Report it to the ACLU, Center for Constitutional Rights or a similar organization. The only way people were able to sue New York City for Stop & Frisk was because someone reported it.

 7. Read and watch the news

The television still serves a purpose here and there. It helps you see laws that are forming and other crimes that may relate to Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, and Ezell Ford. All of these presently alleged crimes have happened within a months time. Reading alternative media will help us see there are other cases that don’t make mainstream headlines. There’s a movement to get police equipped with cameras to further monitor their conduct. We need to know these things so we can support acts that support us.

8. Raise hell in the media

The mainstream news may not care about the death of an unarmed Black man or woman, but most people do. They need to see it. If you or a loved one is the victim of police brutality, you better raise hell until they pay attention. Until “they” do, harness nontraditional media, social media and even flyers and stickers – whatever it takes.

9. Create a dialogue with the police

This may or may not work, to be real. It seems like these brutal police officers have no desire to be social with those that want to reform their way of work. Still, there are groups like 100 Blacks In Law Enforcement that can facilitate a meaningful, productive dialogue. As the body count grows, every means must be utilized.

10. Vote against those that support police brutality

Either you are are for police brutality or you aren’t. There’s no middle ground. Vote against those politicians that are silent on the matter or overly supportive of police when brutality occurs.

11. Take pictures and keep a diary!

All victims of police brutality don’t die. Many are beaten, harassed or endure other forms of excessive force. Document everything. Take pictures. Write details down. Get support from those that witnessed the act.

12. Stay cool

Again, when you are dealing with a potentially brutal or murderous cop, the best way to deal with them is to see a rabid, wild, unpredictable dog before you. If you regard them in this way, the approach is a bit different and you can remove any “reasons” to attack. You may not convert him, but you may save your life.

13. Report them anyway

I personally haven’t done this, so I don’t know how it works at the day’s end. If there is an officer that reeks of brutality or that gives off a threatening vibe, get their badge number (if you can) and report them after you have stayed cool. According to a recent study in New Jersey, a whopping 99 percent of all reported cases of brutality against police go uninvestigated. We have to improve that statistic. 

Stay resolute.

14. Sign a petition!

Tweet! Share stories! Engage in dialogue! Do something! 
There are a number of ways to act without marching or protesting and yet these seemingly menial acts do help. One person can educate hundreds just by posting a comment or article on Facebook. That post could ignite the next mind, which eventually sparks the next revolution!

Here’s a petition to sign: www.change.org/petitions/national-action-against-police-brutality

Here is another one: https://www.change.org/petitions/nypd-internal-affairs-end-police-brutality-itstopstoday

Join a Facebook group (Or reap the information, understanding you will probably added to some database of insurgents): https://www.facebook.com/policebrutality

15. Seriously – revolution is here

Get down or lay down.
 People of all races, colors, creeds, countries are ready to WILD THE F**K OUT AND RIOT IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE! Pardon me. People of all races, colors, creeds, countries need to stand unified against the devilish scourge of police brutality that has plagued this country in some form since its inception. The time has come for it to die, even as government moves to militarize those that are supposedly meant to “serve and protect.”  Malcolm X said, “America is the first country… that can actually have a bloodless revolution.” I hope he was right.

Additional links/resources:

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Know Your Rights Info

Download the full ACLU Know Your Rights pamphlet

Download the National Lawyers’ Guild’s “You Have The Right to Remain Silent”

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  • Dick Butkus

    Great info

  • always right

    I agree with everything you said but especially the part about recording the police. Everyone has a cell phone these days and most people keep their phones on them at all times. We need to start recording EVERYTHING that we see the police doing that looks even a little suspicious. We need to post all of this and flood the internet with these images. The majority of Americans try to ignore police brutality, but if we FORCE what we go through on these people then they can no longer turn a blind eye to it. Once we do this, maybe we can start to truly address the way police treat black and brown people.

  • RichFromBX

    I wish people were this passionate about ridding neighborhoods of the criminal element that results in having police in the hood in the capacity there are.

    There’s this ass backwards thought of people refusing to report crimes to the police because they don’t want to see another black person locked up…they would rather that dude on the corner keep the drugs flowing through the neighborhood then have them locked up. With that kind of mentality nothing is ever going to change.

    When a bullet from a drive-by kills a child in the playground where’s the community riot with the molotov cocktails going after the shooter? When a your brother dies from an overdose due to some bad ish being sold on the street where’s the riot and molotov cocktails going after the dealer.

    Throw all the hate you want at me but those are the facts – no one will take any protests or whatever you want to do seriously until that same passion against the police is taken against pushers and gang-bangers that murder young black males at a ridiculously higher rate.

    That shooting at the bodega in the Bronx is the perfect example – everybody screaming for justice for Michael Brown and his family what, that dude in the bodega and his family don’t deserve justice??? there were witnesses and the whole 9 but no one is saying ish to the cops and turning that dude in.

    • The Black Fist

      Remember, The police were sworn under oath and they’re PAID to protect .U.S citizens so you can’t compare them to gang bangers and dope dealers.

      • Immortal

        I could be wrong, but I took from this is there needs to be a personal accountability. If you don’t care about where you live and what goes on in there, do you or can you expect a cop to honestly care? If people started reporting the ignorance happing in the streets and then held the police accountable for proper policing something would have to give. The Broken Window theory is taught as a basic in criminal justice classes, and in most police academies. Being crooked isn’t something a cop comes in with (in most cases), it’s a learned behavior from other lazy sorry ass police officers who either have nothing to loose, or just don’t give a damn for whatever reason.

      • “…they don’t want to see another black person locked up…they would rather that dude on the corner keep the drugs flowing through the neighborhood then have them locked up.”… & go buy drugs from WalMart, CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, etc.

      • RichFromBX

        it’s a question of human beings holding other human beings accountable irregardless of if someone is being paid or not. Murder is murder – you can’t be selectively outraged.

    • OneLone Voice

      Ya, white people save their looting rage for after winning at sport events.

  • Reblogged this on THB Files and commented:
    This is why I don’t like about the police brutality because they killed two young unarmed black men. This has got to stop.

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  • Dope

    Where are ”Do not commit crime” and ”Help reduce crime in your area” points?

    Let’s be real, most of police brutality is the response to situation. In communities with high risk of crime cops are under stress like everyone else living there, and they are prone to more violent behavior as a response to that. If people were more willing to cooperate and try to get rid of crime in their area, the level of stress would be reduced overall and thus the level of police brutality since they wouldn’t automatically assume everyone is a criminal out to get them. Remember that a policeman is not different than you or me, it’s just some dude who got the job and is trying to survive.

    Sure, there is a small proportion of compete assholes in the police force, just like in any other group of people. But they wouldn’t be a problem if overall the situation in an area they work is good. But as long as people are rioting when cops kill someone, yet keep their mouth shut when gangsters do the same thing every day, it will only send those gangsters a message that the community protects them from the cops, and they will continue tearing it apart, causing more cops to come there and for one reason or another, kill innocents every once in a while.

    • AJP

      Just out of curiosity, have you ever been to a neighborhood — even a “high crime” area — where the majority of people in it are criminal?

      It seems like you’re suggesting that we should give police the benefit of the doubt when they presume everyone is criminal, but why doesn’t that work the other way? There’s a long, tortured history between blacks and the police especially. Right around the corner from me, police bombed a house and wiped out whole blocks, putting innocent residents on the streets. If I concluded based on history and experience that all cops are bad, and shot a cop based on that presumption, think I’d be able to get away with it? Would I be wrong?

      • Dope

        Thankfully I can usually avoid such areas.

        As for your assumption, it doesn’t work the other way because police, by default, is supposed to protect from crime and has responsibility towards the community, while criminals do not have any rules. As I said above, there are certainly cases of corrupt people who become cops, but most of those people are ordinary people who get caught up in the stress of the situation and mistake an honest citizen for a criminal. With criminals there is no responsibility, no ”good guy” among them. Just criminals, and they create the situation where even an honest cop will make a mistake.
        If you read carefully, I never defend all the cops, since there are bad seeds everywhere. But people seem to forget criminals are the first and worst threat. You don’t see too many cops make mistakes in areas where there is lower crime rate and they approach people with less fear.

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  • AJP

    If I could add one, I’d say that we also need to make a better effort to know our local and state legislators and as a group start using our power as a voting block to try and get some legislation enacted on the matter. A lot of these democrats in particular rely heavily on the black vote, but don’t offer much in the way of policy. And they’re able to get away with it more often than not given the current state of the republican party. But we need to start making these guys earn those votes — either enact something that benefits our communities or get put out of office. Voting is a power, and there needs to be more of a concerted push to use it effectively.

  • water_ur_seeds

    Ive always wondered why alot of Americans when they get arrested dont get a lawyer, in the UK its standard, it weird that whenever I watch American programs or movies theres never a lawyer present in the interview room… And sometimes when the ‘criminal’ asks for one often they are talked out of it!!!

    • 5% Hov

      Because American Justice involves Money.
      That’s why 95% of all people plead guilty.

      • water_ur_seeds

        Dont Americans get legal aid lawyers??? (thats we get in the uk) I know they probably arnt as good as private lawyers, but its better than nothing…

  • Elayorx El

    Man, this is frustrating:-(

  • drob11691

    pretty good write-up, I agree with some of the “tips” on how to deal with police encounters. first and foremost we have to exercise our first amendments which is the right to remain silent. in other words, shut the hell up!! I’ve seen a lot of police encounters when the person is yelling and rambling about being arrested, or acting a fool and cursing and trying to plead your case to the officer. the officer is not a judge. they dont care about the situation u may or may not have done. all they care about is locking some one up. Also in my opinion marching and these mediocre protests DONT WORK. the rioting and the looting makes the situation 100 times worst and it proves to these people that some are us are the animals they want us to be.

  • Modesto Koczwara

    All-time number one thing: Don’t be stupid enough to run at an armed police man.