Copwatch works towards police accountability by going out on Copwatch shifts and documenting police interactions with the community. However, we know that in order to effectively impact police accountability we must have a broad based movement in which we all play a role. We provide "Know Your Rights" Trainings to educate the community about their rights with the police so that everybody knows what to do when confronted by police or witnessing police interactions.
Be empowered! Know your rights!
If you are interested in having Copwatch facilitate a training with your organization, classroom, or any other group, please contact us!
The following are Know Your Rights resources to view and download:
Know Your Rights Training
These Streets Are Watching
Know Your Rights Card, a brief summary of information about your rights and interacting with the police, as well as relevant Berkeley phone numbers.
"Homeless Rights," an overview of homeless rights in Berkeley, written by Karla James and Osha Neumann.
Copwatch Handbook, a guide to citizen monitoring of the police. Check out p. 5-11 for Know Your Rights information, specifically.
"Monitoring for the Public Interest: Guidelines for Effective Investigation and Documentation," an overview of how to identify and document human rights violations.
"Berkeley Copwatch Guide to Copwatching During Protests," a document with tips for staying safe and documenting police misconduct during demonstrations.