Having a basic knowledge of the laws the police most commonly use to disrupt protests can increase your confidence on actions and help you stand up to repressive police tactics.
We think that knowledge of the law can help your confidence in planning actions and standing up to police, but unfortunately it will not necessarily protect you from arrest. The police frequently arrest first, and then work out if there is anything they can charge you for later. At most types of actions though, the risk of actually being arrested is low. The risk of being convicted is even lower, and first time offenders would be very unlikely to receive the maximum penalties.
If asked to do something by a police officer, we recommend that – if safe to do so – you ask “What Power” to challenge whether they are acting lawfully. If you get an answer, please note it down, and let us know what powers are being used (or tell a legal observer if they are present).