Law Enforcement Self-Advocacy Resources

Interacting with Law Enforcement is a fact sheet providing information about laws that protect people with disabilities from discrimination by law enforcement, how interactions between individuals with disabilities and law enforcement officers may be improved, and how to report a violation of rights.

Other Resources

ADA Guide for Law Enforcement is a guide from the U.S. Department of Justice designed for law enforcement and provides information on effectively communicating with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It also explains how their rights are protected, as well as ADA requirements and when an interpreter is appropriate.   The U.S. Department of Justice also has information about police misconduct.

NC State Highway Patrol Citizen’s Guide is a brochure that explains how citizens can file commendations or complaints.  It also explains the investigation procedure and provides a short FAQ.

The National Association of the Deaf has information regarding deaf individuals and law enforcement as well as information about communication access.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina handles cases regarding violations of constitutional rights and civil liberties.  Because of the small size of the organization and limited resources, they are able to investigate only a small percentage of the requests for assistance.  The website has resources on a variety of civil rights issues.

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