Please message the event sponsor for location and specifics. The po-po don't need to know. It's not expected that we will be present very long, we will certainly want to leave prior to any police being called in. The location is centrally located and easy to access. Please keep location confidential as much as possible so we can have a successful event. Please share our invite with as many friends and family as you can, turn out is highly important.
This event is also in response to a call from Eric Garner's family due to the recent grand jury decision.
The life of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Kelly Thomas, our own James "Abba" Boyd, and so many others, are calling out for justice. We will be staging a die-in in solidarity with police brutality protests worldwide. Signs are encouraged, we can also raise our hands up in the "hands up don't shoot" posture. We will be laying our bodies down for justice and a call to an end of police brutality.
We will be on private property. The general rule is that the owners of private property can set rules for speech on that property. If you disobey the property owner's rules, they can order you off their property (and have you arrested for trespassing if you do not comply). We will want to vacate prior to that time.
Full graphic video of Eric Garners murder: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=368024393356938&set=vb.315667338592644&type=2&theater
CHANTS WE MIGHT USE: no justice no peace, black lives matter, hands up don't shoot, the whole world is watching, we are eric garner, we are james boyd, we are michael brown. Let's be creative.
FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/301792773364566/
Encounters with the police (Bring cameras to film the event.)
What do I do if I get stopped by the police?
Stay calm, be polite, and don't run. Don't argue, resist, or obstruct the police, even if you are innocent or you believe that the police are violating your rights. In some states, you must give your name if asked to identify yourself, but you do not have to provide an ID or other paperwork. Make sure to keep your hands where police can see them. Point out that you are not disrupting anyone else's activity and that the First Amendment protects your actions. Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away.
And if I'm under arrest?
Do not resist arrest, even if you believe the arrest is unfair. If you are under arrest, you have a right to ask why. Otherwise, say you wish to remain silent and ask for a lawyer immediately. Don't give any explanations or excuses. Don't say anything, sign anything, or make any decisions without a lawyer. You have the right to make a local phone call, and if you're calling your lawyer, police are not allowed to listen.
Can I be searched?
You never have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings. Police may "pat down" your clothing if they suspect you have a weapon, and may search you after an arrest. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do explicitly consent, it can affect you later in court.
What do I do if my rights have been violated?
Remember: the street is not the place to challenge police misconduct. Don't physically resist officers or threaten to file a complaint. As soon as you can, write down everything you remember, including officers' badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officers were from, and any other details. Get contact information for witnesses. If you are injured, take photographs of your injuries (but seek medical attention first). Once you have this information, you can file a written complaint with the agency's internal affairs division or civilian complaint board; in many cases, you can file a complaint anonymously if you wish. You can also seek the assistance of an attorney or the ACLU.
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