Know Your Rights

Vonds Dubuisson (left), Seneca Joyner (right) and Sarah Wunsch, ACLU of Massachusetts deputy legal director (top) present at a Copwatch & Know Your Rights training at the First Church of Roxbury in 2015. Over 75 activists, organizers, and community members gathered to learn and discuss way to combat police brutality and misconduct. ACLUM staff attorney Carl Williams, and deputy legal director Sarah Wunsch spoke to attendees about their Constitutional rights and how to record police misconduct.

Knowledge is power. Download our resources so you can have your rights at your fingertips.

Know your rights:

Check our Events page too for occasional “Know Your Rights” trainings we offer in person.

We also provide copwatch trainings, where we explain the constitutional right that people have to record police performing their duties in public—a right we secured through the landmark case Glik v. Cunniffe. Our lawsuit Martin v. Evans asks the court to affirm that it is unconstitutional to enforce the Massachusetts wiretap law against people who exercise their right to secretly record the police in the public performance of their duties, and to order Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley to end such enforcement. Learn more in the blog You have every right to photograph that cop.

These materials tell you about your basic rights. They do not substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your rights have been violated.
You may also seek legal assistance from the ACLU of Massachusetts.
To request a Know Your Rights training, contact with the subject line “Training request.”

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