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Brochure Offers Tips For RNC Safety

Posted Aug 20, 2012 by Josh Poltilove

Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

A brochure the city developed to pass out to visitors for the Republican National Convention offers tips to stay cool and tips to stay safe. It also warns people which items are prohibited within the event zone and public viewing areas.

For staying cool, the city suggests drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks, wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing, getting regular shade and wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more.

Demonstrators, the brochure warns, may not intentionally disrupt the public’s ability to move freely about sidewalks, nor may they intentionally obstruct traffic’s ability to move freely about on rights-of-way.

The city had several warnings when dealing with law enforcement: Always obey officers’ lawful orders; You may refuse to answer questions, but you must identify yourself; Always remain polite and never resist; Ask if you are free to go; If detained ask what crime you’re suspected of; Remind an officer that taking photos is a right and does not constitute suspicion; Once arrested you have the right to an attorney.

Prohibited items within the event zone include: portable shields; gas masks (not including oxygen masks); locks unless attached to a bike or structure; easily breakable items such as light bulbs and glass bottles; and ropes or chains with tensile strength greater than 30 pounds longer than 6 feet.

Prohibited items within the public viewing areas include: aerosol cans; weapons such as paintball rifles, mace and metal knuckles; camping gear; coolers and ice chests; fireworks; lasers; non-plastic containers; wood sticks and poles that exceed ¼ inch or greater in thickness and 2 inches or greater in width OR wood sticks and poles filled with any liquid or material OR ¾ inch or greater at its thickest dimension; any length of hard material that exceeds ¾ inch or greater at its thickest dimension and 1/8 inch in wall thickness OR hard material filled with liquid or gas OR has a pointed end; ladders, monopods, bipods and tripods; and umbrellas with metal tips.

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