This will be the first of a few posts on the interesting things Will Moore and I observed in Chicago this past weekend while conducting an observational study of the G8/NATO protests that builds on, and extends, Clark McPhail’s approach. Our goal was to systematically evaluate the variation and escalatory dynamics present within contentious state-dissident interactions. For a description of the project, see Matt Baggetta’s post or visit our site: http://tinyurl.com/protpol. We will update that site later with additional information regarding this project.
Last year I ran some embedded survey experiments with Rose McDermott and Dave Armstrong regarding protest-protest policing. At one point, we sought to determine if responses would vary according to the race/ethnicity of the protestors and police. One dyad concerned black police and white protestors. To this, several readers questioned whether black cops “policed” white protesters.
While there were a large number of white officers and protestors at the event, there were also specific moments when the police force was almost exclusively African American with a predominately white protestor presence.
Below are some of the images that I shot.