What Northern Ireland Can Teach Us About Police-Community Relations

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Police at a Loyalist protest in Belfast, 2013. Photo by Joshua Hayes via Flickr

Resolving The Troubles required changing the “structural conditions” that distorted perceptions of the conflict. Two scholars suggest it’s a lesson that can be applied to troubled U.S. communities today.
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  1. I am not sure we can draw that many parallels between Northern Ireland and the U.S. The RUC was 95% Protestant and was quite anti-Catholic. The Provisional IRA, Real IRA, and Continuity IRA were also important factors as well.

    Much of the violence waned because of weariness on both sides. Also, the IRA bombed some inappropriate targets and lost significant Catholic support. And the U.S. was significant in helping resolve the issues.

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