What ACCPD's position on First Amendment demonstrations?

The Department fully supports everyone’s right to demonstrate under the First Amendment and has a proven history of working with the community to facilitate these types of events.  However, it is important that demonstrations are peaceful and lawful. The Department will not allow for any violent or destructive behavior to take away from this Constitutional right. Traffic safety is also important to not only those demonstrating but also motorists. Anyone who is planning a demonstration should be aware of the County Ordinances outlining the proper procedures for these activities, to include the permitting process.  Special Event Permits may be obtained from the Office of the Manager, the Office of the Clerk of Commission, or from the Police Department.  Please know that the permitting process and our involvement is not meant to deter or stop the demonstration but rather to ensure everyone involved is safe.

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