Frequent demonstrations that are being held in the country and brought about by many reasons. Some of the reasons may be a misuse of power by the police forces, mistreatment of some people and even insecurity in some select areas. If you are thinking about attending a demonstration, there are some things that you need to understand first before you find yourself in more trouble. Understanding the law need to be the first step here. Demonstrations are at some point good for you to raise your voice to be heard by the targeted people but keeping yourself safe is the first thing. Have a look at the key aspects to understand before and during demonstrations.
First, it is important for you to understand the four protester rights. Being protester, you are subjected to these four main rights: speak of your property, take photos, freedom to speech and right to attend to public forums. When it comes to speaking about private property, this is something you are not allowed unless when you are permitted but speaking of your own property is permitted. When it comes to counter-protesters, they also have the same rights but if provoking each other is when police will have to separate these groups. You are free to take any pictures that you may feel like when in a demonstration. This only applies for the public property but the rules have to change when you are on private property.
You need to be well prepared when you are going to demonstrate where you suspect arrest will follow. Identification documents, lawyer and emergency contacts and daily medications are the things you need to carry along to a demonstration. The bottle of the medication needs to have your name on it for it to be proved to be yours with the ID name. Lawyer contacts are the things you don’t have to miss since they are the first people to consult when there are any legal requirements. If you need professional advice from the lawyer, you need to inform them of everything.
Legal matters require you to know the offense that you are dealing with. Infraction offenses may land you into police custody. Also, when you are faced by misdemeanors offenses, the police may take you into their station. When you commit felony like vandalism, you are likely to end up in jail. Through bonds is when you are likely to get out of the police custody.
Police are there to protect you as the protester but not to violate your rights and this is something that many people don’t believe now! When you are being harassed by a police officer, you need to take note of their identification to make your case stronger. What you need to do when protesting to follow the law for you to stay safe.