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Global Privacy Resources Booklet

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2012
2 pages
Publication Series

This brief document provides an overview of First Amendment events, specifically, the constitutional right to peaceably assemble.


This pamphlet presents short, bullet-pointed lists offering guidelines for First Amendment events, noting the constitutional right of persons and groups to peaceably assemble. The document starts with details about the legal rights of participants to organize and participate in peaceful assembly, in public areas, about topics including politics and religion, and to freely associate with other individuals. The second section discusses the role of state and local law enforcement at First Amendment events, noting the officers’ duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and listing specifics such as protecting life and property and ensuring that privacy, civil rights, and other protections are upheld. It also provides some guidance about what officers should not do at these events.

Date Published: January 1, 2012