The U.K.’s Misguided Effort to Criminalize Protests

A protester marches between police officers during a vigil for 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, in London, March 15, 2021 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
A protester marches between police officers during a vigil for 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, in London, March 15, 2021 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
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In the introduction to her 2013 book, “Policing Protest,” the Italian scholar Donatella della Porta described the stereotypical image of a British policeman as a “friendly bobby giving directions to a foreign tourist.” That amiable, unarmed, neighborly figure, she noted, was emblematic of a traditional policing style in the United Kingdom that had once been seen as a model by many agencies elsewhere in Europe. Today, the prevalent image of British security forces could not be more different. On March 12, a London Metropolitan Police officer was charged for the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, an […]

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