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"It is precisely for the protection of the minority that constitutional limitations exist. Majorities need no such protection. They can take care of themselves." --Illinois Supreme Court in Ring v. Board of Education (1910)

"[The Bill of Rights is] designed to protect individuals and minorities against the tyranny of the majority, but it's also designed to protect the people against bureau-cracy, against the government." --Judge Lawrence Tribe

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Your Rights

If you are contacted by the FBI, the INS, local police, or other law enforcement, the ACLU has a free hotline that provides confidential legal assistance.   Please write down the name, agency, and telephone number of the officer who calls or visits you. Then CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY at 415.285.1055.

"Know Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement" is available in PDF format. It is also available in Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Farsi, and Somali. [If you need the viewer for this file format, go to Adobe Acrobat Reader.]

Also available is "Your Right to Demonstrate and Protest".

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This site was updated 2010-07-03.