Know Your Rights

Citizens have certain rights in interactions with law enforcement. Some details vary by jurisdiction and changes in the law but some rights are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. This page is under construction and will include Missouri or Illinois and St. Louis area specific information.


The national office of the NLG provides KYR pamphlets for a variety of contexts and in English, Spanish, and some other languages.

The National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) of the NLG has resources including manuals on recourse when one’s rights are violated as well as Know Your Rights pamphlets.

The NLG and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) wrote The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook to assist prisoners in filing federal lawsuits to fight against mistreatment and poor conditions in state, federal, and county facilities.


Here are some resources from other organizations:

  • The national American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a KYR section covering a variety of topics.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has a post on your rights to record law enforcement.
  • WeCopWatch lists some resources on on asserting one’s rights in interactions with law enforcement




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