Know your Rights
- Freedom of Expression and Assembly: Everyone has the right to carry their opinion to the streets.
- Protection of the Right to Freedom of Assembly: Law enforcement must facilitate and not restrict a peaceful public assembly.
- Freedom from Excessive Use of Force: In the policing of non-violent protests, police must avoid the use of force.
Know your Rights
- Right to Medical Assistance: If you are injured you have a right to medical assistance without delay.
- Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Detention: If you are arrested you have a right to be told of the reason for your arrest, you also have the right promptly after your arrest to have access to a lawyer and to your family
- Right to Complain: If your rights have been violated you have a right to file a complaint and to be provided information on how to do so.
What to do
- Plan ahead for essential needs, care and supplies; water, identification and/or emergency contact information.
- Know what to expect. Know how to get assistance.
- Plan how to meet your buddies if separated.
- Document: record or write down police actions, brutality, and injuries.
What not to do
- Don’t touch Police.
- Don’t put Vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers on skin as they can trap chemicals.
- Don’t wear contact lenses, which can trap irritating chemicals underneath.
- Don’t wear things which can easily be grabbed (i.e. jewelry, ties, loose hair).
- Don’t go alone, if you can help it – go with an affinity group or some friends who know you well.
- A face mask/covering. COVID is still a real threat .
- Comfortable, protective shoes that you can run in.
- Clothing covering all your skin to protect from sun and pepper spray exposure.
- Bandana to cover nose and mouth soaked in water, lemon juice or vinegar (can aid in breathing during chemical exposure).
- Fresh clothes in plastic bag (in case yours get contaminated by chemical weapons).
- Snacks & water.
- Ear plugs.
Dealing with teargas
- Avoid use of oils & lotions because they can trap the chemicals and thereby prolong exposure.
- Gas masks provide the best facial protection, if properly fitted and sealed. Alternatively, goggles, respirators, or a wet bandana over the nose & mouth will help.
- STAY CALM. Panicking increases the irritation. Breathe slowly and remember it is only temporary.
- Blow your nose, rinse your mouth, cough & spit. Try not to swallow.
- Wearing contacts: you must remove the lenses or get someone to remove them for you, with CLEAN, uncontaminated fingers. Destroy the lenses after exposure.
- DO NOT RUB IT IN.