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    So I'm a fairly experienced officer (5+ years) but I've never actually had to work a protest before. I'm going to be working one this weekend (it's one of the Ferguson-Eric Garner-Cleveland ones). Any advice? Specifically what to watch out for officer safety-wise, though any advice is appreciated.

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    Originally posted by artless195 View Post
    So I'm a fairly experienced officer (5+ years) but I've never actually had to work a protest before. I'm going to be working one this weekend (it's one of the Ferguson-Eric Garner-Cleveland ones). Any advice? Specifically what to watch out for officer safety-wise, though any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks!
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      It depends what type of response/presence you are providing. Are you guys just monitoring/present, or will you be in formation with your riot gear on?

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        Primarily just presence. Without getting into too much detail over an open forum, my group won't be in riot gear- we're detailed to watch a particular area where no protesters are allowed to go. Further details are sketchy for me right now- I haven't been given a whole lot of a briefing. Hopefully will get one when I get there.

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          It sounds like you are doing physical security, so just don't let yourself be baited into doing something stupid like running your mouth, leaving your post, etc. Have a plan for dealing with people who want to go where you don't want them to. Identify agitators who want to turn the protest into a riot and have a plan to deal with them swiftly.

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          • #6
            Well, everything turned out fine. There were only about 40-50 at the protest, and as it got colder they gradually got bored and left. It seems ardor for "social justice" varies proportionally to temperature, which is useful to keep in mind.

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              Originally posted by artless195 View Post
              Well, everything turned out fine. There were only about 40-50 at the protest, and as it got colder they gradually got bored and left. It seems ardor for "social justice" varies proportionally to temperature, which is useful to keep in mind.
              Yep. Very true. Casual solidarity is proportional to the temperature.

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