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When rumors start riots (American Police Beat)

Updated: May 10

During the summer protests of 2020, a crowd of angry demonstrators surrounded a police car in Memphis, Tennessee, threatening and potentially endangering the two officers inside. In the fall of 2020, a D.C. man pursued by police was struck by traffic, triggering a riot at the local precinct. In Chicago, citywide protests erupted when a man with a weapon was shot by police. In each of these cases, the agitated crowds were operating on assumptions, rather than knowledge of the incident, and in no case could the officers have known precisely what was fueling the anger and the actions of the protesters.

Read more in our full article in American Police Beat.


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