Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2018

Keywords

Kerner Commission, National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, Democratic policing, Protest, Riots, Ferguson

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Volume

4

Issue

6

First Page

122

Last Page

143

DOI

10.7758/RSF.2018.4.6.06

Required Publisher's Statement

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

Link to the online article: https://www.rsfjournal.org/content/4/6/122

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

Geographic Coverage

Ferguson (Mo.); United States

Genre/Form

articles

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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