Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gathering, Cops and Harrassement

There's a couple of great editorals on how to avoid getting sucked
into the cop movie, avoid getting a ticket and staying out of
jail. Read them, know them, live them.

Tips for a safe journey home & a Positive Gathering

If you plan on driving, make sure your car and driver is 100%
legal-all lights work, valid insurance and registration, seatbelts,
car seats for children. Our government assumes that we are criminals.
Please try to arrive during daylight hours as the roads into
gathering sites can be tricky and we want you to arrive home safely.
If you can make space in your vehicle for a rider or you need a ride,
ride share is happening or If you
will be sharing a ride, please meet the folks you'll be riding with
at a local coffee shop, make sure you feel comfortable traveling a
long distance with them, and establish the ground rules. If you are
coming via bus, plane or train, try to connect up with a ride from
your destination before you get there. If you are planning on
hitchhiking, please travel with a buddy, only bum rides during the
day and if you get a bad feeling from a ride, PLEASE don't take it.
There will always be another one.

*Always* say no to requests for search, no matter what they tell you.
It is not illegal for cops to lie to you, and they often will do so
to get your consent to search. "You might as well give us permission,
because if you do not, we will go get a warrant and you will be here
for hours." This is a bluff. Don't fall for it. Their time is much
more valuable than yours.

If they insist on searching over your objections, don't prevent them
physically in anyway - but continue to repeat "I do not consent." Ask
for names and badge numbers, write down time, place, and what
happened in detail. Every little thing matters in a court of law,
even the things that don't mean much to you or me. If you can, take
pictures, videos, and/or tape recordings.

Also, if they ask you if you have contraband, and tell you that if
you have just a little bit and give it to them that they will not
search you, tell them no. Never, never, never incriminate yourself.
That means don't consent to anything, don't give them anything but
your license, registration, and proof of insurance, don't admit to
anything. When approaching the Gathering site, remember that you're
coming as friends in somebody else's back yard. Treat the local folks
with the courtesy, respect and concern that they deserve as members
of the Family of Humankind. Be Loving and Kind. Don't be rude, steal,
trash the town, disturb the Peace, or try to "shock" people. Be
mindful of others' sensitivities. Remember the original Golden Rule
when dealing with BOTH Babylon AND Rainbow: Treat Others the Way you
want to be treated! Please, make your journey a safe one. Don't be
under the influence while driving.

Let's all get home safely.

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