See above rb for link to riot medicine.
Reblogging from myself in the hopes of showing up in the notes. Forgot about the weird link thing Tumblr is doing.
The riot medicine PDF going around is really good from what I can tell- all their info directly mirrors this CDC advice, although there’s a lot more talking about specifics when treating people in a riot/protest/street setting.
It also very specifically addresses a number of myths regarding teargas treatments in a way I think might be better than the CDC which doesn’t really spend any of time on them. In activist circles, there’s a lot of beliefs that get passed around and I think it’s good to specifically address them.
Here’s a link:
PSA! SPREAD THIS AS FAR AS YOU CAN!
I.C.E HAS BEEN REPORTED TO BE AT SEATTLE, DENVER, AND SAN JOSE PROTESTS. THEY ARE DETAINING PEOPLE. IF YOU ARE UNDOCUMENTED THEN YOU ARE IN DANGER.
I am willing to bet that they will soon be at other protests as well. Please stay home if you are undocumented. Please be safe. We don’t want you to get hurt or killed.
Please spread this as far as you possibly can.
UPDATE: ICE HAS BEEN SPOTTED IN NEW YORK AND BOSTON AS WELL. SHARE AGAIN!
HOLY SHIT. This was extremely informative. Please everyone READ THIS!!!
Teen Vogue still hitting it out of the park, I see.
While people are inclined to whip out their phones and film when they see something alarming happening, those videos are not always recorded in a way that can be used as evidence in a legal proceeding or to support advocacy tactics.
At the human rights organization WITNESS, where I work as the senior U.S. program coordinator, we’ve learned that video has a greater chance of making an impact when it’s filmed ethically and strategically, and released in coordination with advocacy and legal efforts. Using the camera in your pocket can be a valuable way to ensure the world bears witness to abusive policing and systemic racism, help hold authorities accountable, and advocate for the real safety of our communities.
here’s a law lecturer explaining why you should never talk to cops. basic summary: don’t talk to cops. if you do talk to cops, and they mishear/misunderstand/misremember you, it becomes their word against yours in court and you will lose. if you make even one tiny mistake while talking to the cops, it can invalidate everything else you say. ASK FOR A LAWYER AND INVOKE YOUR RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.
It’s worth noting you do have to explicitly invoke your right to remain silent, because the legal system is horrible. If you don’t explicitly invoke your right to remain silent, your silence in response to questions can actually be cited in court of law as evidence of guilt.
You generally shouldn’t talk to cops at all, but you general script here is “Am I under arrest/being detained?”. If they answer yes, you have to say “I’m invoking my right to a publicly provided lawyer, and my right to remain silent.” (something similar to that, but try to keep it relatively formal, cops have argued before that incorrect phrasing means the right didn’t apply. See the “lawyer dog” case). And then you have to remain silent. If you talk at all, you’ve waived your right to remain silent, and you must reinvoke it when you’re done talking for it to apply. Cops are sneaky bastards and will try to get you to talk with friendly conversation or small things, don’t fall for it. If necessary, repeat “I have invoked my right to remain silent”. If you’ve invoked your right against self-incrimination, cops are not legally allowed to use your silence as evidence or suggestion of guilt in a court of law, and your publicly provided lawyer will know this. Also, no matter how under-funded and shit public lawyers can be, you do want yours.
It’s worth noting that the right to remain silent and the fifth are kind of distinct in practice. Your right to remain silent/non-incrimination applies in police custody. As a further note to that, cops will often ask questions to people not in custody specifically so they don’t have to deal with those rights- the correct answer to this is to not talk to cops. Never talk to a cop unless you’re detained, and then only to invoke your right to silence. The Fifth is invoked in court, and is the right to refuse to testify during your own trial. It’s invoked unconditionally- if you refuse to testify against yourself, you can’t testify for yourself. You can’t be a witness at all. If you testify for yourself, the prosecution can ask you whatever they want, and you do have to answer.
TLDR: America’s legal system is full of weird loopholes because cops are tricky bastards that can and will argue any absurd thing if it means they can put more people in prison. Don’t get tripped up by them.
Literally just don’t talk to the cops if they arrest you, do not do not do not explain your side of the story, it doesn’t matter what you say, you won’t be calm, you won’t have a clear head, you will fuck up and say something that can incriminate you. You have the right to plead the fifth amendment. even if you are innocent of a crime, because if it’s something that could result in your conviction, you have the right to plead the fifth.
So if you’re falsely accused, or guilty and you just don’t want to go to jail, plead the fifth to the police. You talking means they can extrapolate whatever they want from you and leave out what they don’t, and convict you. Any and every lawyer will tell you this. Some ex-cops will even tell you this
i understand that not everyone can donate rn even if they really wanted to. i myself am currently unemployed and cannot donate much more than i already have atm !! not donating is okay - pls don’t feel guilty if you do not have the means to do so.
if donating is not a possibility right now, ive found this 1 hour video you can watch on youtube where all proceeds from the ad revenue will go to an organization to help the cause (more info in the video’s description). op has compiled songs and art from Black artists to listen to. you can leave it on to play in the background or plug in earphones and go about your business as usual. it can’t get more simple than that.
as a fandom that’s known to mass stream, it would be amazing if you could channel that energy into watching this video !!!!!