Why every PD needs a PACE plan in place before the next protest
Every American has a right under the First Amendment to demonstrate and protest when part of a peaceful assembly. Once the peace is broken and businesses or transit is disrupted, violence introduced, and/or property crimes ensue, the right to assemble ends. Tactical teams, Mobile Field Forces and crowd control units are often deployed in response to demonstrations before they turn into riots. Agencies should create a management plan, including contingency plans, before each event.
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