ACLU: Your Rights To Protest

Their video…hopefully it will play for you.

As you come out to protest, here’s notes to keep in mind:

The right to protest is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment.

If you get stopped, ask if you are free to go. If the police say yes, calmly walk away.

You have the right to record. The right to protest includes the right to record, including recording police doing their jobs.

The police can order people to stop interfering with legitimate police operations, but video recording from a safe distance is not interfering.

If you get stopped, police cannot take or confiscate any videos or photos without a warrant.

If you are videotaping, keep in mind in some states, the audio is treated differently than the images. But images and video images are always fully protected by the First Amendment.

The police’s main job in a protest is to protect your right to protest and to de-escalate any threat of violence.

If you get arrested, don’t say anything. Ask for a lawyer immediately. Do not sign anything and do not agree to anything without an attorney present.

If you get arrested, demand your right to a local phone call. If you call a lawyer for legal advice, law enforcement is not allowed to listen.

Police cannot delete data from your device under any circumstances.

…we understand that even with the legal protections laid out above, protesting has real risks – especially for Black and Brown people. We’re also still in the midst of a global pandemic and know that your health and the health of others may take priority.

be careful out there!


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  1. Thank you. I wish that every protest was peaceful and productive. Inevitably, agents provocateur some from the legitimate protesters, others are police plants.

    Anger is almost omnipresent in these situations, but if you destroy or harm others or property, you’ve given the PD’s and NG Units an entry point. Riots are stupid, illegal and always do more harm than good. When the nation sees peaceful protests against others being murdered or mistreated, you will gain their trust, and they will join you.

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