Preparing for Demonstrations and Civil Disturbances

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Anthem protests were met with backlash last fall at the University of Alabama. [Photo courtesy of InsideHigherEd.com]
Anthem protests were met with backlash last fall at the University of Alabama. [Photo courtesy of InsideHigherEd.com]

Commercial sporting events, pre-equipped with large crowds and widespread media coverage, have become a popular venue for First Amendment expression. As interest groups begin to see the advantage of staging a public protest in someone else's spotlight, events officials as well as law enforcement have their work cut out trying to maintain their grasp on peace and safety, while at the same time being careful not to tread on constitutional rights. With an eye toward planned demonstrations, as well as other, more predictable disturbances, security teams are pursuing tactics such as looking further ahead, keeping in close communications with law enforcement and attempting to prepare for every possible disruption.

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