We have previously addressed the issue of what to do if you are stopped or arrested for carrying a knife, but what to do after a violent encounter is another matter entirely. While the SAC mnemonic is still good guidance (S – Remain SILENT – “I assert my right to remain silent;” A – ASK for your Attorney – “I want my/an attorney;” C – Do NOT CONSENT to any search. Do not make or sign any statements without your attorney’s approval), there’s more involved if there’s blood spilled or someone has been injured.
If the threat is imminent and there is no safe way to avoid the threat (always your best option), but there is time for you, or a companion, to do it safely, call 9-1-1. After the 9-1-1 operator asks “What is your emergency?” provide ONLY the following information. Speak slowly and clearly:
1. “I/we are in fear of physical harm and are in imminent danger from an armed person/group or violent person/group (as appropriate) and are unable to retreat safely.”
2. Describe the threat (clothing, height, location, direction of travel and the weapon(s) (gun, club, knife, etc) if able. Do NOT describe the threat with details such as their race, their politics or affiliation, or any similar descriptive terms. That might come back to haunt you.
3. Give your name and location, describe yourself and any companions (clothing, height, etc.)
4. DON’T SAY ANYTHING MORE! HANG UP! DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE when 9-1-1 calls back!
NOTE: The most important thing about calling 9-1-1 is to HANG UP IMMEDIATELY AFTER you have provided the essential information required in order for law enforcement and medical to respond. Do not answer when they call back!
Remember, what you say can and will be used against you. The call is recorded and will be made available to the news media that will likely sensationalize anything you say. Your adrenaline is high, you may well be in shock and you will say things you shouldn’t that seemed innocent enough at the time, but will be turned against you. HANG UP!
Excerpted from a longer piece. Read the whole thing here: https://kniferights.org/legislative-update/aftermath/ .
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