krcb header-tagline

support krcb button 2

Text Size

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

Mar 22

California Farmers Won't Get Full Water Supply

ALSO: California State University trustees voted Wednesday to raise tuition 5 percent for undergraduates, despite strong opposition from students and some state leaders.
Mar 22

Obamacare Repeal Carries Big Hit to CA Budget

Congressional Republicans have long clamored for change in federal health care laws. Now that their actual proposals are moving toward a vote, Health and Finance officials in Sacramento have been…
Mar 21

Gun Safety Bills Pass First Committe

ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown says he remains optimistic that federal money will come through for a major rail project in the state.
Mar 21

Hops Making a Low-Profile Comeback in Sonoma County

Hops were once a major agricultural product in Sonoma County. Now they’re starting to come back, but mostly as a specialty crop for the craft beer market.
Mar 20

Democratic State Lawmakers Push Juvenile Justice Reform

ALSO: The bill to place the bond on the June 2018 ballot needed two-thirds support to pass.