What to Expect When You Are Expecting… To Be Arrested
Richmond Legal Process Guideline for Anarchists and Others
This is an outline for some important things to keep in mind when embarking on any enterprise which may lead to police detainment or arrest.
This guideline is specifically aimed at folks who might be at risk for arrest due to the political nature of their activities – from protests to civil disobedience to other forms of direct action.
Even when it is no one’s intention to be arrested, the police state will do what it do.
Preparing ahead of time, mentally and logistically can make both those incarcerated and their support network a lot less stressed out.
This guideline is a work in progress and we encourage any suggestions or additions – let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
This text is available online at: http://www.wingnutrva.org
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective house on the Northside of Richmond. The Wingnut is a sober space- no booze, no drugs, no macho bullshit. The Wingnut has resources such as free zines and literature, tools, and comfy couches to offer the community. We are down with hosting meetings or events for other groups. We will likely host workshops in the future on using certain tools. If there are workshops you want to do but you need a location feel free to contact us. You can bring donations for the Really Really Free Market or Food Not Bombs by anytime. We are also willing to host acoustic shows and events like benefit dinners if they are sober. Just talk to us! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 is Craft Night, bring projects you are working on, projects you want to be working on, random supplies, sewing projects, collaborative art ideas etc. Every Sunday is Food Not Bombs- come by around 1 to help decide on a meal, wash and cut produce, cook food, wash dishes, and then take it to Monroe Park to share with the community!
Before the event/action/whateverweliveinapolicestateforgoodnessake
Know Your Rights Training (Richmond Copwatch offers this training for free!)
Security Culture Training (Wingnut Anarchist Collective offers this training for free!)
Group discussion with participants if possible- to discuss goals of event, response to police, etc. ie. if its civil disobedience then maybe a goal is for people to be arrested. But if you are not trying to get arrested what is the plan? Where should people meet up? etc.
Action briefings combined with a kind of pep rally can be really important. Get everyone together to talk about their experiences getting arrested and going through the legal system. This is especially helpful for people who have never been arrested before who are really pumped and scared at the same time. (more…)