The tactics were civil, as opposed to militant or offensive. This was done by a demonstration of breaking a segregation law (example, a black person sitting at an whites only lunch counter). If the police are called, the demonstrator(s) would peacefully continue the demonstration. If the police or other parties become violent, the demonstrator(s) must remain peaceful and not give in to fighting back or yelling at the aggressor. The demonstrator(s) may cover their head or step away to avoid injury. If the demonstrator is arrested, he/she will not resist arrest and they go to jail for the cause towards civil rights. Because there is power in numbers, the demonstrations proved successful.