DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THE VIOLENCE THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING AT THE PROTESTS? HOW YOU CAN HELP? What we'd like to do is get our publications out to people. We have effective ways of dealing with protests and less effective ways. There have been more than a few occasions where officers didn't do a good job. Our thought is, if you can share best practices, maybe you can avert a bad situation. Anyone who knows us will be the first to say, that's what PERF's role is, to get into the difficult issues and share information, not to direct. We're like a think tank. There isn't an issue we haven't been involved in. I've been involved in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, during the conflicts in the community there. Our work on racially biased policing back when the police were denying it occurred...

The Carnegie Corporation just wrote a result on us called "Results" on our work around immigration. We got police chiefs of Minneapolis, Phoenix, etc. to meet with Eric Holder, and we all said this isn't the role of police to community police.

We do what we can. We know it's getting bigger. We pull people together and ask what did you learn from the Olympics? What did you learn from RNC, DNC? We don't have the resources to help. This is our best shot - to give them what we know and share with them and have them talk to each other. I worked with Ed Davis on the unfortunate deaths at the Celtics, the Red Sox. We are pulled in to help when things happen, and we'll keep doing that when it's the right thing.

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  •   A PERF-ECT STORM  |  November 26, 2011
    In recent weeks, Occupations in cities across America have seen brutal crackdowns by local police forces.
    In this week's Boston Phoenix ,  Khadijah Britton reports on PERF , a non-government, non-profit police agency that has been accused of coordinating national police responses to the Occupy movement.

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