Do we sometimes think something is a riot when it really isn’t? Can riot gear be used as a PR framing tactic?

Working at colleges the last 6 years has greatly expanded my knowledge and awareness of what I would deem “social commentary t-shirts.

One that read “When you’re in riot gear everything looks like a riot” (I found it online here)  my attention the other day and made me think.  I have a lot of respect for American police and American military, but I don’t know much about similar institutions across the world.

This t-shirt made me wonder:  Have other governments in other parts of the world used riot gear as a public relations framing tactic to make things look worse than they really are? What other ways could governments use visual representations (good or bad) to frame a message?

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