Protection of Citizens’ Rights, Public Safety & Police Legitimacy – The Legal Equilibrium for Public Order

Dr. Jaclyn M. Keane and Deputy Inspector Anthony J. Raganella build upon previous chapters by focusing on legal issues associated with public order policing. They discuss the constitutional foundation of free speech and assemblies and related policing limitations and challenges. After considering the relationship between crowds and police, they use a London Metropolitan Police (Met) example to show how specific decisions (and possible alternatives) generated long-term negative effects on the Met’s relationship with their community. The authors conclude with a discussion of police legitimacy, specifically highlighting the concept of “policing with consent” and the importance of balancing the legal equilibrium.

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