Kerner Commission, National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, Democratic policing, Protest, Riots, Ferguson
The Kerner Commission identified factors contributing to police ineffectiveness during the 1960s civil disorders. Since release of the Kerner report, the frequency and intensity of civil disorders has declined and the policing of disorders has changed. Using the report recommendations as a framework, we analyze changes in police disorder management during the 2014 events in Ferguson as these involve operational planning and equipment. Data for the Ferguson case are constructed from media reports, police and activist accounts, after action reports, and field observations. We link changes seen in Ferguson to larger institutional changes in law enforcement over the last fifty years. We conclude with discussions on what did and did not work in the policing of Ferguson and highlight implications for policing of protest and disorder in the twenty-first century.
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This is an open access article published by RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences September 2018, 4 (6) 122-143; DOI: https://doi.org/10.7758/RSF.2018.4.6.06
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Gillham, Patrick and Gary T. Marx. “Change and Continuity in the Policing of Civil Disorders Since Release of the 1968 Kerner Report: A Case Study of Ferguson, MO Protests, 2014.” Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 4(6):122-143.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Riots--Missouri--Ferguson--Research; Law enforcement--United States--History--20th century
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders; Ferguson (Mo.). Police Department
Ferguson (Mo.); United States
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