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THE CRISIS OF LEGITIMACY AFTER POLICE-RELATED CIVILIAN DEATHS: APPLYING THE CYNEFIN FRAMEWORK TO LEGITIMACY-DEVELOPING POLICIES

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Authors
Espinoza, Stephen
Subjects
police
New York
Eric Garner
Daniel Pantaleo
Ferguson
Michael Brown
Darren Wilson
Baltimore
Freddie Gray
Baton Rouge
Alton Sterling
Falcon Heights
St. Anthony
Philando Castile
legitimacy
Tyler
crisis
Advisors
Matei, Cristiana
Friedman, Mitchell S.
Date of Issue
2021-03
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
Police-related civilian deaths, caused by direct force or occurring during custody, pose one of the central challenges to police legitimacy. This thesis studied five police departments that experienced such a crisis of legitimacy, as evidenced by either deadly retaliatory violence against police or substantial civil unrest in response. Specifically, this thesis examined how each agency implemented expert-recommended legitimacy-developing policies before and in response to the challenge of these deaths. This thesis then applied the Cynefin framework to these implementations, revealing which domains better conform to expert recommendations and sustain legitimacy policies in the wake of a crisis. This research recommends and provides a method for police leaders to leverage the Cynefin framework to assess their legitimacy policy implementations.
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National Security Affairs (CHDS)
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