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June 3, 2020 Black Lives Matter march in Des Moines, Iowa.
Used with permission, Photos by Manning
“And for those who have been talking about protests, just remember, this country was founded on protest. It is called the American Revolution. And every step of progress in this country, every expansion of freedom, every expression of our deepest ideals, has been won through efforts that made the status quo uncomfortable. And we should all be thankful for folks who are willing in a peaceful, disciplined way to be out there making a difference.”
President Barack Obama, June 3, 2020 town hall on policing, at 1:22:53
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No Justice, No Peace? The Police, People of Color, and the Paradox of Protecting Human Rights
Rachel Wahl article published in Human Rights Quarterly 39, no. 4 (2017): 811-831.
"A new civil rights movement sweeping the United States has rallied around protecting the rights of people of color in the face of police violence. What is seldom recognized is how activists’ strategies can undermine each other. Activists who pressure the state for police accountability risk diminishing their efforts to build relationships with officers. Dialogues that cultivate relationships can sideline police accountability. Observations of forums between the police and communities as well as interviews with both groups reveal why efforts to improve police treatment of people of color are politically and ethically fraught and how activists might mitigate these paradoxes."
States Have Put 54 New Restrictions On Peaceful Protests Since Ferguson
“[S]tates have introduced at least 154 bills or executive orders to restrict peaceful protest, according to a HuffPost analysis of the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law’s tally, a new report from PEN America, and interviews with free speech experts. So far, 54 have become law.”
De-escalation Keeps Protesters And Police Safer. Departments Respond With Force Anyway
Discusses “research on violence at protests“ showing that coercive police action at protests escalates violence. Also considers successful police strategies to de escalate, such as “the Madison Model.”
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