Protesting? Don’t Forget Your Legal Rights

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 4, 2011.  Over the past few weeks, hundreds and sometimes thousands of individuals have been protesting around the nation, on Wall Street and here in Chicago. So, it’s a good time to remember that public debate is essential to a free society, but – make sure you know your rights, and what to do if you’re stopped by police:

  • You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
  • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
  • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
  • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
  • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.

Learn more about your rights. Download our Know Your Rights card.

If your civil rights or civil liberties have been violated, the ACLU of Illinois wants to hear about it – we might be able to help. Contact the awesome volunteer counselors in our intake office. Depending on the nature of your problem, the counselor may give you an appropriate referral or present the facts of your case to a staff attorney for review.

The right to speak out in public, to demonstrate and protest, is precious. Stay safe while you’re doing it.

Source: ACLU of Illinois