Maguire, E. R. (in press). Policing hate rallies. In M. Staller, B. Zaiser, & S. Koerner (Eds.), Palgrave handbook of police conflict management. Palgrave Macmillan.


Hate groups malign or express hostility toward others whose race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation differ from theirs. Hate groups sometimes hold public rallies to express their views and bring attention to their cause. These events are often volatile and run the risk of becoming violent. They also generate trauma for communities who are targeted by expressions of hate. Policing these public rallies raises numerous challenges, particularly when rival groups with opposing perspectives are present. This chapter explores some of the lessons learned about policing hate rallies from previous events in the United States. Drawing on these lessons, as well as theory and research evidence from criminology and social psychology, the chapter discusses how police can use communication, de-escalation, and other strategies to manage conflict, reduce violence, and minimize harm before, during, and after these events.

Year: 2023
Language: English
Type: Book chapter
Topic: Policing, Crowds
Methodologies: Other, Qualitative analysis