Interacting with Authorities

Can I be stopped and questioned by the police for walking at night or any other time?


Keep in mind that police are permitted to detain you based on what the police officer knows, not what you know. That means that you could be stopped and detained by police even when you’ve done nothing wrong. The police may have received a report that a crime was committed by someone meeting your description, and you just happen to be in the area.

Follow all commands. If police command you to stop, you must stop. If they don’t, you can keep walking. If you'd like, you can ask if you are free to leave.

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