www.npr.org -- Chuck Wexler runs the Police Executive Research Forum — a private think tank. It puts out reports, holds conferences, and a couple of months ago, it held two conference calls for police departments to compare notes on the "Occupy" protests. Because of those calls, Wexler soon found himself being accused of being the mastermind of a nationwide crackdown. "I don't know where that comes from," Wexler says. Blogs and indie news sites speculated that Wexler was delivering marching orders to local police chiefs. The very notion makes Wexler sigh. "Look — you can't tell Mayor Menino in Boston what to do or Mayor Bloomberg — policing is a very decentralized thing."
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