Report by the Independent Commission into the Armed Response against Protestors in Astroberg

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Executive Summary

This report presents the findings of the Independent Commission on the incident involving police response to an armed protest in Astroberg, The Kodiak Republic. Amidst a backdrop of civil unrest and political conflict, this investigation focuses on the use of deadly force by police against protesters, some of whom were armed with modern assault weaponry. The commission evaluates the necessity, proportionality, and legality of the police actions, aiming to provide a comprehensive analysis and recommendations for future law enforcement engagement.


The Kodiak Republic is currently navigating a tense political climate marked by a civil war between the liberal democratic government and the communist uprising known as The Kodiak Commune. The protest in Astroberg, located in the neighboring province of Karputska, erupted into a significant event due to the armed status of numerous participants and the historical importance of the guildhall as a target.


  • Armed Participants: The presence of protesters armed with modern rifles significantly escalated the perceived threat level, influencing police response strategies.
  • Use of Force: The police deployed deadly force in a context where the immediate risk of violence was heightened by the visibility of firearms among the protest crowd.
  • Casualties: The action resulted in five fatalities and numerous injuries, underscoring the grave outcomes of such confrontations.


  • Necessity and Proportionality: The commission finds that the presence of armed protesters complicates the assessment of police response. While the potential for violence justified a heightened law enforcement alert, the principles of necessity and proportionality still require that every possible step towards de-escalation and the use of less-than-lethal measures be explored before resorting to deadly force.
  • Rules of Engagement: The incident reveals a need for clear and specific guidelines for engaging with armed protests, ensuring that the use of force is proportional to the direct threat faced.


  • De-Escalation and Training: Enhance training programs for law enforcement on managing protests with armed participants, emphasizing de-escalation techniques and crisis negotiation.
  • Policy Review: Review and update the rules of engagement and use-of-force policies to include detailed protocols for situations involving armed individuals, ensuring these guidelines prioritize human life and the minimization of harm.
  • Community Engagement: Strengthen efforts towards building trust and dialogue between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, with an aim to reduce tensions and prevent the escalation of future protests into violence.
  • Transparency and Accountability: Implement robust mechanisms for the investigation and accountability of police actions, especially in cases leading to harm or loss of life, to uphold the principles of justice and transparency.


The Astroberg protest represents a complex intersection of civil liberties, public safety, and law enforcement obligations. This report strives to address these complexities by offering a balanced analysis of the incident and forward-looking recommendations designed to guide the responsible and respectful engagement of law enforcement with civil protests, particularly those involving armed individuals.

Members of the Commission

Judge Tanya Robertson - Judicial Officer

Vice Chair
Dr. Elena Martinez, Ph.D. - Human Rights Lawyer

Commission Members
Prof. Jamal Edwards, M.D. - Medical Ethicist
Lt. Gen. Richard Thomson (Ret.) - Military Strategist
Ms. Aisha Khan, Esq. - Civil Liberties Attorney
Dr. Hiroshi Nakamura, Psy.D. - Clinical Psychologist
Ambassador Maria Gomez - Diplomatic Advisor
Mr. Samuel Levi, M.A. - Policy Analyst
Prof. Anika Patel, Ph.D. - Criminology Professor
Commissioner James O'Reilly - Police Reform Expert
Dr. Lucien Dubois, D.Phil. - Political Scientist
Ms. Gabriela Silva, M.Sc. - Public Health Specialist
Chief Sarah Lin, M.P.A. - Emergency Services Director
Mr. Kwame Nkrumah Jr., LLM - International Law Expert
Dr. Fiona Cheng, Ph.D. - Social Anthropologist

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