What are your rights in front of the police? How do we handle our relationship with them?
First thing first
Police officers are citizens like you and me. We want them to love us. They also have lives, they also have children and they also want to provide the best for their family. Let's never forget that.
They have to do their job. And we need to respect that. But we also need to do our job as citizens. And it is our duty to break the law in a non violent way to declare the state of climate emergency and force our society to act like it is an emergency, because it is.
If you are joining an XR action, please know your rights and please be respectful of fellow citizens in uniforms. Did we say we were a non violent movement?
We tell the police what we are going to do
We have nothing to hide. Our goal is to get arrested anyway. So we tell in advance the police of our actions. The goal is to create a dilemma: either they let us do those actions and everything will happen smoothly (did we say that we are a non violent movement and that we don't destroy anything?), OR they stop us from doing our action and they arrest us which will create more publicity for the movement (why are they arresting those non violent people who get out of their way to defend the living?).
We can film the police
“The law does not forbid taking pictures or recording videos a police action in the public space” - RTBF (in French)
We can film police actions
They can't force us to delete any image/video we took
We can publish pictures without blurring the face of police officers