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Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

The violent clashes between protestors and police in the days following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri have raised questions about why some demonstrations turn violent and others don't.

Nick Adams, a sociologist and fellow at UC Berkeley's Institute of Data Science, is leading a team of researchers looking into thousands of Occupy movement protests to find out how and why interactions between police and protestors turn violent.  


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