Rethinking the Police Response to Mass Demonstrations: '9 Recommendations'   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Document: "Police agencies' management of protests and demonstrations is not a new issue. PERF [Police Executive Research Forum] produced major reports on this topic in 2006, 2011, and 2018 (see pp. 15-17). And yet, the demonstrations of 2020 required PERF to throw out those playbooks and realize that we had to look at demonstrations very differently. 'Police simply did not expect and were not prepared for the level and extent of violence they encountered. It was unlike anything they had seen in 20 years.' Police actually faced three major crises in 2020: 'Crisis 1:' The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, 'Crisis 2:' Thousands of demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd, and 'Crisis 3:' A spike in homicides and shootings. 'This report is mainly about Crisis 2, demonstrations. But I want to briefly discuss all three crises, because each one posed difficult, sometimes unprecedented challenges to law enforcement agencies, and the three crises compounded each other, creating a synergy that made all of the problems worse.' [...] This report is about the second crisis described above: the demonstrations that continued through the summer and into the fall of 2020, and the unprecedented violence that occurred in many cities. This report provides 35 recommendations for actions that law enforcement agencies can take to improve their planning for, and response to, demonstrations in their communities."

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