We republished this post from Reason two years ago; the information is still valid, and given the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, seem more relevant than ever.

We've made minor edits to account for some technological and legal advances since the original publication date, but the key points are there. It seems trivial to say know your rights—especially in light of the fact that so many people are denied these basic rights on a daily basis—but this one is important now as any time.

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