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    Marching - as riot police routinely do - increases likelihood of excessive force.

    (Phys.org) —In the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting of an 18-year-old African American man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, much of the nation's attention has been focused on how law enforcement's use of military gear might have inflamed tensions. But what if the simple act of marching in unison—as riot police routinely do—increases the likelihood that law enforcement will use excessive force in policing protests?

    That's the suggestion of a new study by a pair of UCLA social scientists.

    http://phys.org/news/2014-08-sync-un...ormidable.html

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    Paralleling behaviours in other species, synchronized movement is central to institutionalized collective human activities thought to enhance cooperation, and experiments demonstrate that synchrony has this effect. The influence of synchrony on cooperation may derive from an evolutionary history wherein such actions served to signal coalitional strength to both participants and observers—including adversaries. If so, then synchronous movement should diminish individuals' estimations of a foe's formidability. Envisioned physical size and strength constitute the dimensions of a representation that summarizes relative fighting capacity. Experiencing synchrony should therefore lead individuals to conceptualize an antagonist as smaller and weaker. We found that men who walked synchronously with a male confederate indeed envisioned a purported criminal as less physically formidable than did men who engaged in this task without synchronizing.

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    Showing up to a protest with riot cops creates a self-fulfilling prophecy or riot.

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    Remember, the term riot is not defined by the citizenry, but by the state.
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    Some people have issues with authority figures in the USA .. like all our founding fathers? What a surprise.

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