This is is very useful information. Please pass it on to your friends and
family.............especially the women folk!

The next time you are stopped by persons who claimed they are plainclothes
police, you are under no obligation to answer their questions or follow
their orders, lawyers told Malaysiakini today.

"Policeman who is not wearing his uniform does not have the authority
to stop anyone," lawyer and human rights activist Sivarasa Rasiah said.

Sivarasa was commenting on the alleged gang-rape of an 18-year-old Uni
student by four men claiming to be police officers on New Year's Eve. The
girl said that her car was stopped in Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur
and were asked by the men to open the car bonnet. She was then told that
she had committed an offence and ordered to follow the men to a police
station. The girl was driven in her car along the North-South expressway
to the Tapah-Cameron Highlands road before she was raped in an oil
palm estate.

This incident, and many others, have sparked confusion over the
procedures which motorists must follow when flagged down by the police. The
most common problem is that most people take instructions without
determining if the other person is really a cop," lawyer Annie Santiago
said.

However, if you are stopped by a uniformed policeman, then you are required
to stop. But you need not get out of the car because you are not
expected to do so, Santiago said. The other rule to follow is to provide
your
identity card only when you are asked to do so. "Even then, you should get
his ID first to confirm if he is a cop. There is no harm in calling
the relevant police station to verify if he is supposed to be on duty
that day," Sivarasa said.

Both lawyers said that motorists should never follow an officer to the
police station unless one is under arrest. "If you are not sure, and your
instincts tell you that something is wrong, then drive off to the nearest
police station and lodge a report," Sivarasa said.

In response to the alleged gang-rape of the 18-year-old, Women's Aid
Organisation executive-secretary Ivy Josiah called on the police to launch
an education program to teach the public about their rights to prevent them
from being victimised by bogus police officers.

Procedures to follow in the event you are stopped by uniformed police
Officers while driving.

Stop the car and wind down your window.
If the police officers ask for your documents, request to see their IDs
first.
If you are satisfied about their identity, ask them if you are being
summoned, and for what offence.
Produce your identity card and driver's license and wait to collect your
summon ticket.


In the event that the police officers ask you to follow them to the police
station:

Ask if you are under arrest and for what offence.
If you are not under arrest, you have the right to leave.


In the event you are flagged down by persons you believe could
be plainclothes police:

Do not stop because plainclothes police officers do not have the
authority to stop you.
Drive to the nearest police station and lodge a report. (The same
procedure applies to pedestrians)



In the event the police come to your house:


Do not let them in before checking their IDs.
If you are not satisfied, phone the nearest police station and confirm
if they had been sent to your house.
You are under no obligation to allow them into the house if they don't
have a search warrant.
Do not go with them if you are not under arrest.



In the event persons who claimed to be plainclothes police come to your

house:

Do not let him in because they do not have the authority to do so.
Lodge a report at the nearest police station.




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