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Crowd sourced data collection & sharing on police brutality in Floyd protests

An effort is underway to “document examples of excessive force being used by law enforcement officers during the 2020 protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.assemble reports of police brutality occurring in the George Floyd” in order to “assist journalists, politicians, prosecutors, activists and concerned citizens.”

You can report an incident here (you’ll need to register for a GitHub account if you don’t have one).

To see/use the data already assembled or to learn more, go here (no account/login required).

This is a crowdsourced effort, so spread the word.

Questions? Contact Dan Myers (danm@american.edu).

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Informing Activists: What are the risks of activism and can I reduce those risks?

Heidi Reynolds-Stenson

What are the risks of activism and can I reduce those risks?

Recommended Readings:


della Porta, Donatella, and Herbert Reiter. 1998. “The Policing of Protest in Western Democracies” in Policing Protest: The Control of Mass Demonstrations in Western Democracies, by della Porta, Donatella and Herbert Reiter (eds). Minneapolis MN: University of Minnesota Press. p.1-34.


Earl, Jennifer. 2011. “Political repression: Iron fists, velvet gloves, and diffuse control.” Annual Review of Sociology 37: 261-284.


Rafail, Patrick, Sarah A. Soule, and John D. McCarthy. 2012. “Describing and Accounting for the Trends in US Protest Policing, 1960− 1995.” Journal of conflict resolution 56:736-765.

We would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support of the Youth Activism Project through the Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network.

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