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‘That is not facilitating peaceful protest. That is dismantling the protest’: anti-fracking protesters’ experiences of dialogue policing and mass arrest

Gilmore, J and Jackson, WH and Monk, HL (2017) ‘That is not facilitating peaceful protest. That is dismantling the protest’: anti-fracking protesters’ experiences of dialogue policing and mass arrest. Policing and Society. ISSN 1043-9463

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Abstract

In the wake of the death of Ian Tomlinson at the London G20 protests in 2009, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of the Constabulary proposed a number of reforms aimed at making public order policing strategies more ‘human-rights compliant’. One of the most significant developments has been the introduction of Protest Liaison Officers whose role is to build links between police and protesters through the establishment of dialogue and relationships based on trust. These developments have led to a burgeoning scholarship in public order policing in recent years. Whilst some studies have documented the development of ‘dialogue policing’ strategies, none have yet captured the complex interplay between these practices and the more overt forms of coercion and control experienced by protesters. In this paper, we begin to fill this lacuna. Drawing on unique data on the experiences of anti-fracking protesters – a hard to reach group whose narrative has not been presented in the academic literature to date – we contrast official accounts with the material conditions faced by protesters. Focusing on protesters’ experiences of both dialogue policing and mass arrest, we find little evidence of the progressive ‘shift’ reflected in official public order policing discourses. Rather, we argue that dialogue policing can have a legitimising function, enabling the police to define protest groups as irrational and ‘uncooperative’ and therefore ripe for violent policing.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Policing and Society on 26th April 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10439463.2017.1319365
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology, 1605 Policy And Administration, 1607 Social Work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 09:18
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2017 14:41
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/10439463.2017.1319365
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6306

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