Best Practices to Prioritize Safe and Secure Demonstrations
August 7, 2020 | Mayor's Office
and organizations have the lawful right to demonstrate if done in a lawful
orderly ensures an orderly response from law enforcement.
blocking sidewalks, streets or private driveways, or entrances to any private
or public place as that creates a problem for fellow citizens, flow of traffic
and public safety.
preventing anyone from entering or leaving a place or threatening anyone with
may speak to people entering or leaving a place and may pass out leaflets and
demonstration or organization demonstrating should have a point of contact, who
is easily identifiable, who will act as a liaison between the Lancaster Bureau
of Police and the Bureau of Police should have one point of contact for the
group to communicate questions or challenges both ways.
party being demonstrated against may sign a criminal complaint if a violation
of the law occurs on private property.
something being protested against is an event with a permit, the permit holder
may exclude demonstrators from being within the permitted area. Demonstrators may, however, continue their
demonstrations outside of the permitted area provided their demonstrations are
conducted in a lawful manner.
is the duty of the police agencies involved to protect the rights of all
persons, demonstrators and non-demonstrators alike, at the scene of a
demonstrations continue late into the evenings, noise can create problems for
fellow citizens. Avoid loud noise past 10 PM in line with the Noise Ordinance.