If you watch this video, you will find out that some states give some cops time off for arresting people for DUI. Arrests are incentivized in some states. If stopped in ANY state, ask the officer if they are incentivized for arrests .
Montana does not condone incentivizing police quotas. Remind the police that when having civil conversations with them as well.
Per the video of how some states operate:
"Why most officers do not talk about this is because they ARE AFRAID"
"We had to arrest five people per day.....that night I turned in three tickets and not five tickets.......I was ordered to stay after shift another hour to arrest two more people......."
General Rules and Foundations
#1) There should be no violence at this event. Participants will not represent this march that conduct themselves with anything but respect of opinions and free speech of others. That includes people that disagree with you. If you are seen conducting yourself without integrity, you will not be representing the March for Our Guns movement;
#2) Keep in mind that this event is about both 2nd Amendment and 1st Amendment issues. Both sides of the debate have seen people being muzzled and possibly disciplined for their opinions.
#3) We will not tolerate marchers muzzling or yelling at people on the opposite side of the debate. It sets a bad tone for gun owners and will only damage our/your reputation and the gun debate in general;
#4) If you are confronted by the media or opposing sides, keep your cool and always remember that anyone in the public domain can take a picture of you and post it to social media or in news media. YOU CAN NOT PREVENT SOMEONE from taking a photo of you in the public domain;
#5) If asked questions remember that anything that you say can be used in the media. Do not swear or threaten anyone in ANY SITUATION. DO NOT BREAK THE LAW;
#6) Never stand alone. Have AT LEAST one person next to you as a witness; and,
#7) This is NOT an armed march. Youth might be present and we do not want to have any safety issues. In addition, many civil rights organizations have taken positions that they do not welcome armed march approaches to dissent. Respect that position if you would like to maximize the outcomes of this event.
Police Interaction & General Guidelines
TREAT POLICE WITH RESPECT AT ALL TIMES - MOST OFFICERS ARE GREAT PEOPLE
HELENA PD HAS SOME GREAT OFFICERS and THEY WANT TO WORK WITH PEOPLE
If you are stopped/approached by police, the following GENERAL guideline should be followed:
Ask the officer for his/her badge number because you want to confirm his/her identity and that they are indeed a police officer;
Ask them if you are being detained;
Then ask the officer if you are free to leave. In each situation, comply with either outcome and have your fellow protestor write down all communication;
Police GENERALLY need reasonable suspicion to detain you. Remind the officer of that and ask for clarification;
Montana is not one of the 24 states that has a “Stop and Identity” law. Explain that to the officer and ask him/her if they are aware of that;
6.You are NOT required to give ID during a consensual encounter. If they ask, question them why they need it;
7. Do NOT run, interfere, yell at, or resist officers. However, stay out in the open where you are visible; and,
8.Remember that you have the right to remain silent. Say that out loud to him/her so that other people can hear you.
AGAIN, DO NOT DISRESPECT THE HELENA PD OR YOU WILL NOT BE PART OF THIS EVENT. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO QUESTION, BUT BE POLITE
(This is NOT legal advice, it is a guideline to help you comply with issues that you might face. Consult an attorney for official legal directives)