Developments in the Policing of National Security Events

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Developments in the Policing of National Security Events

I've been reading an NLG report called Developments in the Policing of National Special Security Events: An Analysis of the 2012 RNC and DNC. The report focuses on National Special Security Events (NSSEs), with an emphasis on the democratic and republican national conventions.

I've attached a copy of the NLG's report to this forum posting. You can also download a copy from

Things that caught my attention were:

  • The heavy use of policing, apparently as a way to suppress protest.
  • The large number of arrests, and a low ratio of arrests to convicitions. For example, during the 2004 RNC, there were 1,800+ arrests and 75 convicitions, for a conviction rate of 4.1%.
  • Large amounts of money paid out to settle cases of improper police conduct. For example, $1.5 million in settlements from the 2004 RNC.
  • Insurance policies, taken out to cover the litigation costs associated with police misconduct.
  • Oh no .... the anarchists are coming!!

I created this posting for two reasons: (1) to bring this report to people's attention, and (2) to see what other people think.

So, what do y'all think?