What Are the Legal Rights of Protesters?

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What are your rights to protest?

As more and more Americans take to the streets to protest racial inequality, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by Minneapolis police officers, it's important to know your rights as a protestor.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union's website, in its 'Know Your Rights' section, Americans attending protests have the following rights.

"Your rights are strongest in what are known as “traditional public forums,” such as streets, sidewalks, and parks. You also likely have the right to speak out on other public property, like plazas in front of government buildings, as long as you are not blocking access to the government building or interfering with other purposes the property was designed for," the website says.

"When you are lawfully present in any public space, you have the right to photograph anything in plain view, including federal buildings and the police. On private property, the owner may set rules related to photography or video," the website continues.

Rebecca Rose Woodland, litigator and legal analyst, joined TheStreet to break down the legal rights of every protester.

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