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Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters (2004)

A film illustrating the American civil rights pertaining to police encounters with various dramatized scenarios illustrating how they can be exercised.


Roger Sorkin


Steven Silverman (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Grace Ahmed Grace Ahmed ... Extra (as Grace Uckele)
John Driscoll John Driscoll ... Darrell
Ricardo Kingsbury ... Officer #1
Frank Lama ... Party Cop #2
Carolyn Lunman Carolyn Lunman ... Carolyn
Scott Morgan Scott Morgan ... Partygoer #1
Amanda Kristin Nichols ... Party Cop #1 (as Amanda Nichols)
Carl Randolph ... State Trooper
Dain Roose-Snyder Dain Roose-Snyder ... Partygoer #2
Jenny Sammons Jenny Sammons ... Partygoer #4
Dimetrius Simon Dimetrius Simon ... Mike
Brooke Spatz Brooke Spatz ... Valerie
Ron Wells ... Troy


Most people don't know their basic constitutional rights, and those who do usually waive them in the face of police intimidation. Worse, police rely on people's fear and ignorance of the law to trick them into waiving their rights, which often lands them in jail. That's why Flex Your Rights (FyR) -- a Washington, DC-based educational group -- created BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters. This fun 45-minute educational DVD realistically depicts three common police scenarios -- traffic stop, street stop, and home entry. Narrator Ira Glasser, a former ACLU executive director, shows you how to avoid cops' "gotcha games" as they try to trick you into waiving your rights; how to be courteous but not intimidated by police tactics; and how phrases such as "I don't consent to any searches" can keep you out of jail. According to Steve Silverman, BUSTED's writer and FyR's executive director, "We made BUSTED for anyone who's afraid that their looks or lifestyle makes them a ... Written by Steven Silverman

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a REAL must see!!!
11 November 2006 | by bubbasouthSee all my reviews

So many people are so completely ignorant of their rights. Cops are so often times out there intimidating people into waiving their rights and it's time for every American to realize we need not be afraid of them. Everyone - young and old needs to watch this short film again and again and know how to deal with law enforcement correctly. Most people ignorantly incriminate themselves by being tricked or intimidated into waiving their constitutional rights and this film shows, in a very simple way, how to exercise your rights and not be intimidated. 3 cheers to all who are involved in this film. Our hope as a nation lies in knowing and exercising the precious rights we have as citizens of the greatest nation on earth. Let's all spread the word and remember to FLEX YOUR RIGHTS!!!

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April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Alexandria, Virginia, USA See more »


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$35,000 (estimated)
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