Berkeley Police Department
First Amendment Rights Policy

Free Speech Historical PictureIt is the policy of the City of Berkeley Police Department to insure that the First Amendment Rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution are protected for all indiviuals.

The mission of the Berkeley Police Department is to preserve the peace and allow for the peaceful expression of First Amendment Rights during demonstrations in the City of Berkeley. First Amendment Rights include, but are not limited to assembling, marching, carrying signs, making speeches or other lawful activity, designed to express or advocate political, religious or social opinions and beliefs.

While recognizing the above rights, the Police Department will not tolerate illegal activity associated with demonstrations or protests. Illegal activity may include, but is not limited to throwing missiles, assaults, damaging property, looting, setting fires, blocking traffic etc.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution is as follows;

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedowm of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grieveances."