June 2020 Update: 

The ACLU-DC stands in solidarity with those who are exercising their First Amendment rights to protest racial injustice in the District and in the nation as whole. In response to recent actions by the Mayor, the ACLU-DC offers a few additional words of caution and information for demonstrators in D.C.

First, be aware of any curfew orders that have been issued by the Mayor. If there’s a curfew in place, you can be fined or arrested for not obeying it.

Second, National Guard troops are subject to the same constitutional rules as other law enforcement. As with other law enforcement agencies, if someone is violating your rights, try to figure out what law enforcement agency that officer works for. 

See more detailed information about your rights in the demonstration guide we created in collaboration with Black Lives Matter DC, BYP100, DC-NLG, #KeepDC4Me, Stop Police Terror Project DC, and Law 4 Black Lives DC.


The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects “the freedom of speech” as well as “the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” So you have a constitutional right to demonstrate. Police in D.C. generally understand and respect that right. People demonstrate here every day, and arrests are rare, except for people who decide to risk arrest. Still, it pays to be prepared. This guide can help. 

Download the guide [here.]

Download [this version] to print at home as a double-sided pamphlet 

La Primera Enmienda a la Constitución estadounidense protege "la libertad de expresión", así como "el derecho del pueblo a reunirse en asamblea pacífica". De modo que usted tiene un derecho constitucional a manifestarse. En general, la policía del Distrito de Columbia entiende y respeta ese derecho. La gente se manifiesta a diario aquí, y las detenciones son poco comunes, excepto para quienes deciden arriesgarse a que los arresten. No obstante, es bueno estar preparado, y esta guía puede ayudar.

Para ver la guía en Español, haga clic aquí