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What to do if police stop you during a protest

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On college campuses from New York to Los Angeles, students are setting up encampments in protest of the Gaza War. Broadly, the protesters want their universities to sell off their investments in companies that have businesses or investments in Israel.

These protests are only growing in scope and intensity, with many colleges calling on law enforcement to help. In some instances, police have used tear gas and pepper spray against students, and hundreds of arrests have been made nationwide.

So what should you do if a police officer stops you while you're protesting?

The first thing to remember is that when you interact with the police in the United States and U.S. territories, you are guaranteed basic rights under the Constitution, says Atteeyah Hollie, an attorney at the Southern Center For Human Rights.


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