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Police Prejudice or Logics?

Analyzing the “Bornholm Murder Case”

David Sausdal

, “A Black Man Was Tortured and Killed in Denmark. The Police Insist It Wasn't about Race” (Erdbrik 2020) not only because a young man was the victim of what the prosecutor described as “hell-like violence,” but also because of the possible reasons for

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Emergent Police States

Racialized Pacification and Police Moralism from Rio's Favelas to Bolsonaro

Tomas Salem and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro (© Tomas Salem) In recent decades, the presence of armed drug traffickers and paramilitary groups (known as milícias ), along with the actions of the Military Police's Special

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Travelling police

The potential for change in the wake of police reform in West Africa

Jan Beek and Mirco Göpfert

Police models travel around the globe and many arrive in the shape of police reforms in West Africa. On the ground, these transnational connections are composed of interactions between police officers carrying and receiving such models. Similar to the travel of other models, African officers usually adapt and subvert official reforms. In this article, we argue that the potential for wide‐ranging organisational change is caused not so much by these reform programmes, but rather emerges from the encounters that such travels bring along. In these encounters, officers tell stories that challenge or stabilise notions of police work for those involved.

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"The Riots Were Where the Police Were

Deconstructing the Pendelton Riot

Bob Jeffery and Waqas Tufail

This article explores the social dynamics in the city of Salford at the time of the Pendleton riot, which took place amidst the four days of national rioting that began with the killing of Mark Duggan in Tottenham by the Metropolitan Police Service. Attempting to counter what we see as a dominant narrative of the riots as 'shopping with violence', this article explores the development of the significant disorder in Salford through a triangulation of accounts, including an extensive review of journalistic accounts, alongside interviews from a dozen people who witnessed the riots as police officers, residents and spectators. Beginning with an overview of the events of August 9th 2011, we argue that the deployment of officers in riots gear in the vicinity of Salford Precinct proved provocative, and created a focal point for the widespread antagonism felt towards the police. Furthermore, we suggest that an understanding of local contextual factors is critical both in terms of answering the question ‘why Salford?’, but also in terms of explaining the ferocity of the violence targeted towards officers of Greater Manchester Police (in contrast to the focus on looting in nearby Manchester city-centre). Interpreting the riots as a response to punitive policing policies that have accompanied state-directed policies of large-scale gentrification, we highlight the degree to which the 'contestations over space' that characterized the riot pointed to an underlying politics of resistance (despite lacking 'formal' political articulation).

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Shutting Down Protest

Policing, International Summitry, and the G20 Experiment in Brisbane

Binoy Kampmark

narrative of dissent was closely controlled and managed. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) was celebrated in its efforts. “Well done, Brisbane!!,” went the headlines of the local Courier Mail . The article informed readers that “the barricades are coming

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“Eyes, Ears, and Wheels”

Policing Partnerships in Nairobi, Kenya

Francesco Colona and Tessa Diphoorn

non-state policing in Africa have proliferated, including the works of Bruce Baker (2008 , 2010 ), Lars Buur (2006) , Tessa Diphoorn (2016b) , Steffen Jensen (2008a) , Helene Kyed (2009) , and David Pratten (2008) , to name but a few. One of the

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Policing, Policy and Practice

Responding to Disorder in North Belfast

Neil Jarman

Rioting and street disorder have been a recurrent problem in Northern Ireland over the course of the peace process. This article reviews a range of the responses that have been developed to try to address the disorder and to better understand the process of the creation and development of policy. The article starts from interpretation of policy as a process of social relations involving the interaction of different sectors of society and it discusses how government and community actors have responded in different ways to the violence, but over the course of time have come to a broadly shared understanding of the most appropriate means of managing the conflict.

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A State of Force

The Repressive Policing of Contention in Queensland under Frederic Urquhart

Paul Bleakley

place on a significant scale, tensions formed between the forces of tradition and progress, and often manifested in violent clashes in which police played a role as enforcers of the status quo. In this article, the methods used by police during this

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F*ck the Police!

Antiblack statecraft, the myth of cops’ fragility, and the fierce urgency of an insurgent anthropology of policing

Jaime A. Alves

morning of 6 May 2021, the military police invaded the favela of Jacarezinho, one of Rio de Janeiro's slums, and killed 28 people during a military operation tellingly named Operation Exceptis. Photos of dead bodies in the alleys of the favela and

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The Missing Policing

The Absent Concept of Policing and Its Substitutes in Israeli Military Doctrine

Ofra Ben-Ishai

Although the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has been engaged in policing for over 50 years ( Yossef 2019 ), like Western armies ( Beers 2007 ) it has done little to develop a general policing doctrine ( Michael and Siboni 2016 ). This is particularly