MOUNT VERNON — Understanding your constitutional rights as a citizen is important for many reasons, Mount Vernon City Schools School Resource Officer Jeremiah Armstrong told eighth-grade students on Monday. Armstrong explained the rights they have as citizens in regards to the fourth, fifth and sixth amendments.
“Your rights protect you from the government and I work for the government,” Armstrong said to the students.
He explained that in the law everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be accused of a crime. However, the fifth amendment, more commonly known as the Miranda rights, can help in that situation.
The Miranda rights are very well known, with some of the students even being able to read them off from memory. They include, “You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law; you have the right to an attorney; if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” Armstrong went on to say that anyone who is read their Miranda rights also has to prove to the officer that they understand their rights.
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