Civil Rights Demonstrations and Knowing Your Rights

As communities come together to speak out against racial injustices in our society, more and more people are finding themselves interacting with law enforcement. For some, these encounters are more of the same; for others, it is confronting law enforcement in a way that is new and unusual. Anytime you interact with law enforcement, it is important to keep in mind how you are being perceived by them: are you a concerned citizen, a witness, or a potential suspect?

Understanding and appreciating your rights while demonstrating is important because it’s what could keep you out of jail, prevent the police from making a case against you, or delivering the evidence needed to convict you in court. Please watch the video below to learn more about your rights and how to exercise them properly.

Click on the link below for a free handout containing tips for preparing for and attending your next demonstration or rally.

Author Bio

Botnick Law Firm

Robert Botnick is CEO and Managing Partner of Botnick Law Firm, a criminal defense law firm in Cleveland, OH. With more than 19 years of experience in criminal defense, he has zealously represented clients in a wide range of legal matters, including DUIs, misdemeanors, felonies, domestic violence, and other criminal charges.

Robert received his Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Best DUI Lawyers in Cleveland award by

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