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It’s not altogether clear what words were exchanged between police officers and two brothers one night in City Heights last July before Luis and Diego Lobaton, as well as their mother, Hedy Julca, ended up in handcuffs.

Police reports after the incident emphasized that one of the brothers was swearing and speaking aggressively to officers while they questioned him under the suspicion that a burglary was under way at the family’s cell phone store.

The scuffle caught on surveillance camera raised some important questions: What are your rights when being questioned by an officer? When can police enter your home?

On this San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and I lay out your rights when dealing with police, whether that’s out in public or on your own front stoop.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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