In the past 5 years, there have been a series of social change protests involving Black citizens and the police in cities across the world. Police officers are placed in a unique position of having to provide safety and protect the rights of citizens that are there to protests against them. This qualitative phenomenological research study examines the lived experiences of police officers who have been exposed to social change protests such as those in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and 2015, and St. Louis, Missouri in 2017. Three research questions were investigated which include: What is the meaning of exposure to BLM through social change protest as lived experience from a police perspective? How has exposure to BLM through social change protests and the subsequent media coverage affected police officer's level of cynicism towards Blacks? What indicators of racism exist in officers exposed to BLM? Using a purposive, criterion-based sample, 23 full-time police officers from the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area who were exposed to social change protests events since 2014 were interviewed with the composite description culled using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to data analysis. The composite descriptions included: officers were frustrated with command decisions, officers were not prepared for the toll the events took on their families, officers were verbally, mentally, and physically assaulted, the Black Officers were treated far worse by the protestors than the White Officers, and Black Lives Matter was the primary social change advocacy group associated with the protests, and served to illuminate the need to prepare for events such as these, open a dialogue between police and the citizens they serve, and reconsider the effectiveness of these types of events to achieve the desired goals for social change. Data gleaned from this research alert police administrators and social change advocates to the issues that police face during social change protest events.
|Commitee:||Menefee, Stephanie, Sopko, Leila|
|Department:||School of Business and Technology Management|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Law enforcement, African American Studies, Public administration|
|Keywords:||Black Lives Matter, Ferguson, Police, Protest|
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