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Justice 456, a non-profit public defense organization serving the Queens District, has a mission of the Queens Defenders Initiative – specifically to inform the community of their rights, especially the rights under the 4.Th, 5Th And 6Th Amendments to the US Constitution.
We spoke to Justice 456 founders – Nick Hillary and Manny Taffari. Athlete and coach Hillary have been charged with manslaughter and have since been acquitted. Mani is a lawyer with Queens’ defense. Both are committed to this educational program that teaches them how to protect themselves.
What is one thing to remember when standing by the police?
Tafari: “The most important thing is respect. Create an environment for good interaction with law enforcement. He respects you as you wait. Do not give law enforcement reasons to change the environment. ”
Explain how to summarize the 4Th, 5Th And 6Th Improvements?
Shameless self-promotion for Ballistic Products and a great bargain on a neat little knife for you. 4Th The upgrade will protect you from illegal searches. 5thTh Improvement is the right to remain silent. Of 6Th Amendment is the right to counsel. So, when he stopped, he simply said, “I refuse to search today. I have nothing to say. My lawyer is on the road. ”Children can understand this. To teach this, we go to schools and community centers in black communities.
Were there legal requirements or major issues that changed how we view or use these amendments today?
Tafari: “Gideon and Winewith Since 1963, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that Clarence Earl Gideon is an average person, not a lawyer. He wrote a letter to Chief Justice Earl Warren, saying that the states should now have lawyers. They must be represented by an attorney. Change came from Gideon, and now change comes from Hillary. Ordinary people save the day. ”
Hillary: “Someone wants knowledge. My focus is on informing and understanding these three rights. Once you know, you are empowered. You have learned. ”
Taferi: “We are ‘constitutional interpreters’.” The average person can grind these improvements and use them for protection. Four, five and six bulletproof vests. Nothing is more important than the Bill of Rights. ”
Why is the Justice 456 program important to you?
Hillary: “Because of my personal experience, it’s very important to me. Knowing what my rights are, it gives me a platform to protect myself. This is what we as a society lack. I want everyone to know that these improvements will protect us. We hear a lot about 1St And 2I Updates We do not understand the size of 4, 5 and 6 This program is sure to provide this information.
Taferi: “It’s about survival. Black communities are unfairly prosecuted by people they say should protect them. There is an African saying about a bird – ‘When a person learns to shoot without missing a beat (he (the bird) learns how to fly without landing on trees’). These three improvements can save your life. ”
How did the Justice-456 program get started?
Hillary: “It started in Based on my legal experience in 2011. The idea for this program came about gradually, and In 2016, it became my mission to make young people aware of their rights. These rights have made me aware and protected in all my suffering. Manny and I have a long history. We went to school together and played in the same football team. ”
Taferi: “It started with Hillary and what happened. We decided that it was a structural problem, as many organizations had accused him without evidence. A good doctor can cure cancer, but we are trying to get rid of cancer to begin with. ”
“Prevention is better than cure,” says Hillary.
For more information visit the Justice 456 program visit www.queensdefenders.org/justice456 And join the discussion with # Justice456 & # KnowThe456
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