Following the Inauguration on January 20, 2017, groups set to the streets of major cities not only around the country, but also around the world. Birmingham was one of those locations, which is no surprise since our city is considered the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. The Birmingham Sister March held on January 21, 2017 brought an estimated 5,000 people to Kelly Ingram Park.
Although people are exercising their constitutional rights to free speech, sometimes mass protests may not stay peaceful, and some protestors may be arrested. If you think you are being arrested, ask whether you can leave. If you are told you cannot leave, you are probably being arrested. Once told you are being arrested, comply in order to reduce the chances of being accused of resisting. Do not talk about what happened or try to give an explanation – simply be calm and wait. You may also want to gather information prior to the march about restrictions of the venue or route, rules about sidewalk and street clearance, as well as limits on signage.
HOW THE MAXWELL LAW FIRM CAN HELP
Civil rights cases require significant trial experience. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has the seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively prosecute such cases. In civil rights cases, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must decide whether to resolve your case through settlement or take it to trial. As that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous survivors of excessive force take back their lives and embark on the healing process that leads to recovery.