Since the fatal police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, it seems like the number of peaceful protests against police brutality have been growing across the country.
Whether you have or have not participated in protests, there are several laws you should know in order to protect your rights and safety, according to Hello Beautiful, who compiled a list from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Here are a few key laws that you should be aware of:
1) Your free speech cannot be restricted, as the Constitution completely protects all types of speech. You are, however, not allowed to place anyone in the apprehension of fear or threaten them, or violate “time, place, and manner” restrictions put in place by your local government.
2) You can engage in free speech in traditional “public forums” such as streets, sidewalks, and parks. Be cognizant of whether a permit is required and the time frame of such permits. If you do not have a permit, please stay on the sidewalk and do not obstruct or detain fellow pedestrians.
3) You may engage in free speech on private property, as long as it is yours or you have been given consent by the property owner.
4) You may distribute leaflets and other literature on public sidewalks, but you may need a permit if you require tables or other physical structures to be set up.
See the complete list at Hello Beautiful.