Study Says BLM Demonstrations 93% Peaceful, 7% Riots; Coverage Differs

Headline Roundup September 7th, 2020

A report released Thursday said that 93% of 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations "have not engaged in violence or destructive activity,” with 7% involving "violent demonstrations" and "riots." The report describes BLM as "an overwhelmingly peaceful movement" with violence "limited to fewer than 220 locations." These findings were based on data collected by the US Crisis Monitor, a joint effort between the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and Princeton University’s Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI). Public opinion differs from the report's findings; according to a recent FiveThirtyEight poll cited by the study, “42 percent [of respondents] said most protesters are trying to incite violence or destroy property.”

Coverage in left-rated outlets focused on the claim that 93% of demonstrations were peaceful. Coverage in right-rated outlets focused on the 7% of incidents labeled as riots, with some coverage only reporting total numbers of incidents. The study received relatively less coverage in center-rated outlets, and this coverage tended to focus on the 93% of peaceful protests.

From the Left

The vast majority of the thousands of Black Lives Matter protests this summer have been peaceful, with more than 93% involving no serious harm to people or damage to property, according to a new report tracking political violence in the United States.

But the US government has taken a “heavy-handed approach” to the demonstrations, with authorities using force “more often than not” when they are present, the report found.

And there has been a troubling trend of violence and armed intimidation by individual actors, including dozens of car-ramming attacks targeting...

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From the Center

A report from the US Crisis Monitor found that 93% of protests associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have been peaceful, despite a highly polarized political climate and reports on the news emphasizing instances of destruction, looting and overall lawlessness.

The report analyzed recent protests spurred by the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and it also analyzed differences between the data and public opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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From the Right

Data gathered in a Thursday study suggested that the U.S. experienced nearly 550 violent demonstrations since May 26, the day after the death of George Floyd.

The vast majority of U.S. states have experienced riots in the past three months with Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Hawaii and Alaska being the only ones unscathed by violence, according to data gathered by The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).

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