For anyone who intends to demonstrate: here are some tips
- Do not use the hand hip break zip tie method that is going around on video, police grade flex cuffs are not the same and people will get seriously hurt.
- Instead, a boot lace (better than a shoe lace, but a shoe lace will work) slipped between the cuff and the wrist, run back and forth in a sawing motion to create friction to soften the plastic, then horizontal force to separate the teeth and the cuff.
- They use a metal ratchet system so they can be locked, and outside of picking it or using a hidden plastic cuff key it’s difficult to remove or shim
- But also be aware many jurisdictions have an advancing charge under escape statutes for it, so this is an emergency losing hand to circulation type situation. Possession of a plastic handcuff key with the intent to escape is probably a crime is well in your jurisdiction.
- Also, slip cloth between the wrist and the boot or shoe lace because it will get hot as hell and cause friction burns to skin
PROTEST EQUIPMENT, Safety:
In a small or medium pack, strapped tight to body:
- 7-10 plastic ziplock bags, varying sizes, to contain the following items:
• Note: for clothing or soft items, place in a gallon or larger ziplock bag, remove air, and seal to reduce space. Tape over seal and edges of clothing bag with tape. Then Dual bag clothing in same manner to protect from water or contaminants.
- 1 ID card, state issued.
-Approx 1-2 gallon water per person, in individual bottles. Add 1-2 gallons per person if intending to defeat tear gas canisters using the extinguish method.
- More water is needed if being used for tear gas defeat, but should only be as much as can be safely carried.
- Hat, brimmed, tight to head. Substitute with bike helmet if needed.
- 1 extra (pair) of clothing to replace any damaged or contaminated.
- 2-3 Mask with filter, or, 5-6 bandana or similar face covering.
- 1 nonwoven blanket or large towel, and if woven, tight weave fabric, especially if that blanket is intended for use in tear gas extinguishment.
- Safety glasses, plastic, non shatter. NOT sunglasses or prescription, and NOT diving googles if you can help it, they are not ANSI plastic rated not to shatter
- Neural colors with no markings, and if markings, nondescript. No slogans drawn on clothing that could identify you.
- Sunscreen, NOT water based aerosol spray kind, you want sunscreen lotion that can create a covering on skin surface
- Lycra or similar clothing, skin tight and wrist or ankle length pending weather. Ppreferably lycra underwear, which will allow you to shower or wash off without the Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) pepper spray travelling down into genitals. Lean head and neck down over bending at the waist, and shower downwards, facing the drain to limit exposure to feet
- 3 pairs, mid-arm length gloves, heat resistant. Substitute for dishwashing gloves if needed, which are not heat proof. Use caution in picking up projectiles which are likely to be at melting point for most plastics.
- hair ties
- Snacks and food intending to provide for 12-24h
- Cash, small bills, no more than needed to obtain transportation or protection if needed.
- Emergency information written in indelible ink on the body, or on a card in pocket or backpack. Place your blood type in a conspicuous place for medical personnel if likely to be on front lines and injured.
- Medical supplies only to the level you are trained to use. Include small amounts of pain reliever, NSAID or otherwise. Do not pack non-medical supplies to replacement medical ones (e.g: shoelace for tourniquets, the risk of using a shoelace outweighs the benefit of the tourniquet)
- Smartphone: photos empty, biometrics turned off, location services turned off, contacts emptied or obfuscated, backed up within 24h of demonstrating.
- DO NOT bring valuables, weapons, or anything you are not comfortable losing.
DETAINMENT BY MILITARY PERSONNEL
- If members of the military are detaining you, limit your resistance and instead flow through the detainment process silently and without provocation. Answer only questions asked, and make note of the design of patches worn, their color, and any vehicle markings, for example; 1/188/16th MP BDE
- do not attempt to obtain badge numbers or ID numbers from Military members, instead request to be seen by medical personnel immediately
- you’ll go through a multi-step process from detainment, including a search, paperwork, and a scan of your fingerprints and iris though a HID/BAT system
- you’ll then receive papers, place them in your pocket of able, otherwise in hand
- if you flow through the system, you’ll likely be released far earlier than with provocation, it starts the process all over from the beginning
-you’ll see barbed wire, and tents, assuming their are not using a building
- each station is run by individual soldiers— they have no power in regards to you-- they can’t release you, or change it, their only position is to move you along
- Staff Sergeant and above run squads of 6-12, and Sergeants First Class run a platoon of 1-5 squads. Only those SSG and SFC will be able to answer your questions
- expect wait a significant amount of time and be asked the same question repeatedly (name age social address blood type etc)
- You are stripped of all possessions in detainment, you aren’t willing to lose it, don’t bring it
- keep in mind that regardless as to where someone stands on the rhetoric or opinion, that soldier is required to process in a detainment camp, there is no longer a denial of position for those soldiers
- If you flow through the system you make it home without risk and live to fight another day
- you may not be detained by MPs, it is not uncommon to have non-MP units augment MPs for personnel, you’ll see MPs with a brassard on their left arm. If this happens, ensure further that you are non combative— they already don’t know what they’re doing