Protests have always had a part in shaping our world and ending injustice, which is why A-EZ Out wants to support your right to join the protests happening around us right now. Unfortunately, the police have been equally detaining rioters and peaceful protesters, so anyone planning to attend a protest should be prepared for the possibility of being arrested. Here’s everything you need to know about your protest rights and how to prepare for the worst.
Protestors Have Rights
As a protester, you have a right to express your beliefs. Peaceful protests are protected by the first amendment right to freedom of speech, and officers who exercise crowd control measures on peaceful protests are violating this right. You also have the right to remain silent and only speak with an attorney present if you get arrested, and the court must provide you with a public defender if you can’t afford your own defense. Remember your rights and speak with your attorney to make sure they’re being adhered to when you’re arrested.
Bring the Supplies You Need
Protestors, even those who try to remain peaceful, are at risk of being attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets. Be sure to wear thick clothes which cover as much skin as possible, even if it’s hot outside. Cover your face and consider wearing gloves to protect yourself from COVID-19 and the effects of tear gas. Mix baking soda and water and split it up into multiple bottles you can carry around in your bag, and pour it on your face and in your mouth if you’re exposed to tear gas or pepper spray. Be sure to pack plenty of water so you can stay hydrated. Volunteers and protest organizers typically provide water, but you should have your own supply just in case.
Have A Lawyer and Bondsman’s Number
If you’re arrested, all your personal belongings will be taken away before you’re assigned to a jail cell. If you don’t have a lawyer or bondsman’s number memorized, you should write these numbers somewhere on your body in permanent marker. Before leaving for the protest, look up a defense attorney and a bail bond agency who can help you. Some lawyers and bail bondsmen are refusing to work with protesters, so make sure this isn’t the case with the contacts you write down. You should also write an emergency contact number on your skin so you know who you need to call if you end up in jail.
Get Bailed Out Fast With A-EZ Out
The bail bondsmen at A-EZ Out support your right to protest, which is why we’re working to get protesters bailed out of jail. If you or someone you know has been arrested at a protest, we can help. A-EZ Out is available 24/7 to bail you out of any jail in Dallas, Denton, Collin, or Tarrant County right away. Call or visit our website to get in touch with an experienced bail bondsman today!