Unlawful Practice: Blake Strode Opposes Kettling Amid Nationwide Protests

Blake Strode ('15), Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit organization that represents numerous protesters from the Movement that grew out of Ferguson and launched federal kettling lawsuits against St. Louis City and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, was consulted for an article in GQ unmasking the police practice of kettling ("What Is Kettling?" June 5). "Kettling is a law enforcement tactic specifically applied when the police have chosen to criminalize existence in public spaces. So separate and apart from who is caught in them and how people are impacted, which is all true and well-stated, it is also fundamentally about police dictating whom is allowed to be where and when."