krcb header-tagline

Text Size

support krcb button 2

Police Tactics and Public Protests

What determines whether or not a public protest will remain peaceful or veer into violent confrontations? A new study underway at UC Berkeley suggests that police actions often make the difference.

To mange a public protest effectively, says Nick Adams, the principal investigator for the Deciding Force Project at the University of California at Berkeley, law enforcement should have open channels of communication with the demonstration leaders. And, he adds, the officers there should also have prior training to guide their own responses to what is almost inevitably a stressful situation for all involved.

  A recurring challenge for all involved, says Adams, is the presence of disruptive elements who can abruptly change the tenor of a peaceful demonstration.

Even though protest organizers now routinely coordinate their plans in advance with local law enforcement, Moore says that remains unpopular with some factions.

  But Moore notes that this sort of cooperation proved helpful at a big Andy Lopez demonstration last month, when more radical members of the Revolutionary Communist Party from the East Bay broke away from the main march and tried to blockade Highway 101.

Original Source

Apr 29

‘Ecological Handprints’ Captures Grass-roots Global Innovation

Is it possible to fight poverty and climate change at the same time? The answer is emphatically yes, and Rocky Rohwedder has examples to prove it.
Apr 27

Water Agencies Prepare Zero Trash Initiative

Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties will soon be joining the rest of state in its effort to get to zero trash in California’s waterways. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi has more.
Apr 27

Green Mary's Lending Library

For minimizing garbage, nothing beats reusing things. That’s why Green Mary has assembled an unconventional lending library of plates, glasses and other event essentials.
Apr 24

Pacific Association Baseball Tryouts

Over 100 baseball players from across the United States travelled to Vallejo this past weekend for the Pacific Association Baseball tryouts. It's the only independent professional baseball league on…
Apr 23

Rev. Billy Ramps Up His Environmental Evangelism

The Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir have intensified their act from anti-consumerism street theater to impassioned activism in defense of the earth.