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Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights

Barrie Gewanter
Executive Director

Bridget Owens
Human Rights Specialist

John H. Mulroy Civic Center,
Suite 19 - Basement Level
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

(315) 435-3565


Free Call from Inmates at Jail or Jamesville: (315) 435-3567 


How to avoid conflict with the police

Information to Collect If Arrested Your Rights
Get the officer's badge number.
Get the plate number of the vehicle.
Get names, addresses and telephone numbers of witnesses
Write down a brief description of the incident.

Do not resist arrest.
Do not refuse to be frisked.
Say repeatedly but calmly, "I don't consent to being searched."
Make phone calls that count. (Call family or your lawyer for help or bail money.)

You have the right to remain silent.
You do not have to give permission for a search.
Do not resist a search.
You should not sign any papers.
You have the right to ask for medical attention if needed.

Helpful Tips Important Phone Numbers Additional Numbers

Don't make any sudden moves.
Don't argue. Even if police are wrong, cooperate.
Remain Calm.
Give your name and address.
Ask to speak to parents or your lawyer.
Jail Phone

Jail Ministry

Citizen Review Board

Spanish Action League

N.Y.S. Division of Human Rights
Legal Services of Central N.Y.

Commission on Human Rights

Hiscock Legal Aid Society

Central New York Civil Liberties Union
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