Let's say your an African American living in the USA. Let's say your fifteen. Let's say you are going about your life. Let's say you get accused of a horrific crime. Let's say the cops coerce you into saying, "I did it." Let's say the media and the rest of the world describe you as a monster and treat you as one, too. Let's say you didn't do nothing. Let's say you get sent to prison, knowing you didn't do nothing. Let's say no one believes anything now that you have to say. Let's say you are Yusef Salem.
The following post for Prison Friday at Scission comes from YCteen.
If you’re stopped by the police:
• Stay calm and be cool.
• Don’t physically resist.
• Don’t run!
• Give your name and address, but you don’t have to give any other information.
• Try to remember the badge number, name, and a physical description of the cop(s) who stopped or arrested you.
• When cops stop you, ask bystanders to stand at a discreet distance and observe the police without interfering.
If you’re arrested:
• Once you are told you are under arrest, give your name and address; give your parents and/or employer’s name, address, and telephone number. (This information is needed in setting bail.)
• You have the right to remain silent. Besides giving the above information, only say, “I want to talk to a lawyer.”
• Don’t talk to the police, on videotape, or to a District Attorney about anything that has to do with the crime you are arrested for. Do not sign anything.
• Do not talk to inmates in jail about your case.
If you are 16 or younger:
• Cops can stop you if you are hanging out during school time or if they suspect that you are a runaway. That means any time they want to.
• Always carry ID, otherwise the cops will use your lack of identification as an excuse to take you in.
• If the police arrest you, they must notify your parents!
• If you are arrested, you have the right to make one call to your family or lawyer.