Posts tagged ‘amendments’

June 26, 2012

Two Laws Every Black Man Should Know

I’ve been meaning to write about this article for so long. With African-American males being arrested at a disproportionate rate and black females having the fastest growing incarceration rate, I figured it was time to impart some much-needed knowledge into the community. However, it wasn’t until my colleague posted an intriguing post about the importance of knowing your Fourth Amendment right that I decided to pursue this PSA completely.

Through my career experiences within the criminal justice system, I’ve seen too many brothas taken advantage of simply because they did not know their rights. Most people think they understand their protection from searches and seizures because they watched a few Law & Order episodes and listened to verse 2 of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” But after reading this law article breaking down the nuances of the song, I see that Jay-Z has a good grasp on the idea but misconstrued a few concepts.

To be honest with you, it is rarely in your favor to speak to the police. Every individual is entitled to “plead the fifth.” The Fifth Amendment gives you the right to shut up. If exercised in the right way you can protect yourself from a lot of trouble. Telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will have you on First 48 snitchin’ on everybody and trust me it has its consequences. However, if you lie you can be charged with perjury (just ask Lil’ Kim).

In order to successfully manuever the country with the most incarcerated citizens, you may want to know your Fourth and your Fifth. Trust me you are going to need it!

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