5. After the Action

Keep in touch with us after the action so we can best support everyone involved.

For most actions, the hope is that the action will have ended without trouble from the police. If so, we hope you will be planning your next action, and skilling up to run your own autonomous legal support!

If arrests did occur, police station support may be ongoing over the hours and days after the action. We reply strongly on allied groups and individuals offering their solidarity to support arrestees – call us if you can help with this.

We will collate any evidence we have from the day (e.g. witness statements, legal observer notes, phone call notes) that may be useful for arrestees or for holding the police to account. If you witnessed arrests or police violence, then please contact us, write a statement as soon as possible, and encourage others to do the same.

If arrestees have given us their contact details, we will contact them individually to offer further support. We may need your groups’ help in ensuring all arrestees are aware of this. For actions where many people have been arrested, we help arrestees to set up defendants campaigns, and protest groups are sometimes also involved in supporting these.

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.
  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.
  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.
  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.
  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.

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