CopCards are a pair of simple, direct, credit card sized cards that serve to remind people of their legal rights interacting with police in the United States.
I've written a little manifesto for civil obedience that explains the philosophy behind these cards.
The prompt card has everything you need to say to police — no more, no less. You should be able to simply read it verbatim and say nothing more than is on the card.
The reminder card has some simple reminders of what to do (and not do) when interacting with police.
I would like to publish these as actual printed plastic cards. I've priced it out and so forth; it requires a minimum order of 250, and could cost about $5 for 3 pairs of credit card type plastic. However, I had an informal chat with my lawyer about it… and I'm kinda concerned.
There's a risk that, if I sell these, I could be subject to a lawsuit by someone who feels that either I'm committing unauthorized practice of law, or that they somehow have a worse outcome in a criminal proceeding due to the opinions and information listed on the card. Getting insurance for that is unworkably expensive. (I checked.)
I still want to do a real print run of these, and of course I strongly disagree that I would be wrong to do so. The cards are legal information, not advice, and describe my personal political opinion about how to deal with police. However, given that publishing them would not significantly benefit me financially, I'm not that willing to take a major financial risk for it.
As such, I think I won't be able to publish them unless
a) I can get some other established organization to be the one to formally publish them, or
b) I can get a law firm to formally commit to defending me pro bono against any such charges.
If you can help with either of these, please contact me privately. I've tried arranging both myself without success. If I can't get that protection, I won't be able to do a print run.
I am publishing the digital versions here for free. These are the latest revision (#10 or so).
I license the files for free under CC by-nc-sa. If you reuse or publish, you must link to this page and credit me by name (Sai). You may sell prints of the cards at actual cost of printing, or for the sole benefit of a non-profit, so long as you contact me to confirm permission; you may not sell them in any other manner. You must share any modification of these cards under the same terms.
I give no warranty whatsoever about these cards. Use them at your own risk. I am not a lawyer and I am sure as hell not your lawyer. This is not legal advice.