Donelson Forsyth, Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership, comments on how crowd identity affects crowd control.


“The basic problem with controlling a crowd is that the more police attempt to control the crowd, the crowd will become more unified, because that crowd identity becomes stronger,” says Donelson Forsyth, a social psychology professor at the University of Richmond specializing in group dynamics.


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