|ONLINE ZOOM EVENT|
Protest Policing: How to Restore Public Confidence
in Hong Kong and the United States
The rise in the number of protest movements globally has mirrored an increase in cases of police brutality as authorities struggle to quash public disorder. This, in turn, has sparked protests around the world at the excessive force police officers are using against their own citizens. Last year, Hong Kong’s police force was the focus of criticism over its heavy-handed policing of the anti-government demonstrations. Now the spotlight has turned to the United States, where the death of George Floyd during his arrest has sparked protests across the country and around the world. Professor Clifford Stott will discuss protest policing in the wake of the Hong Kong and U.S. protests, sharing best and worst practices and, crucially, how to deescalate and restore public confidence.
Clifford Stott is a Professor of Social Psychology at Keele University in the United Kingdom and an ex-advisor to Hong Kong’s Independent Police Complaints Council. His research focuses on the nature and role of social identity processes and intergroup relationships in the psychology riots, hooliganism and public order policing. It has had high-level external impact at a national and international level, informing policy and practice for a range of government and police organisations in the U.K., including the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers, among others.
Speaker: Professor Clifford Stott,Professor of Social Psychology, Keele University, United Kingdom