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Mob Rules: Was 2011 the Year of Lawlessness?

Mob Rules: Was 2011 the Year of Lawlessness?

Two popular social movements in 2011—flash mobs and occupiers—placed a great strain on cities and their LE agencies. It wasn't long before both movements were infiltrated and hijacked by troublemakers bent on violence.

December 2, 2011

Black-Bloc Anarchists: Revolution for the Hell of It

Even though anarchists who use black-bloc tactics are relatively few in number, their strategy and tactics of wreaking havoc, chaos and mayhem provides them with the sensational news coverage they crave.

November 22, 2011

How Will U.K. Police Respond To the London Riots?

How Will U.K. Police Respond To the London Riots?

To quell riots, London Met Police called in 16,000 officers. Police authorized plastic baton rounds, armored vehicles, and considered imposing a curfew. These are common U.S. police riot responses, but are practically unheard of in the U.K.

September 16, 2011

Video: How LAPD SWAT Prevented a Hollywood Riot

Video: How LAPD SWAT Prevented a Hollywood Riot

The LAPD was able to successfully disperse the 2,000-person mob without it turning into an all-out riot. In its wake, the "block party" left the street littered with debris; the movie premiere was canceled; and the Los Angeles DJ apologized.

August 10, 2011

When Crowds Turn Into Violent Mobs

Flash mobs first gained popularity with their synchronized dancing, mega-pillow fights, and the like. It now appears that the thugs have interjected their own version of flash mobs: large roving bands of predators hunting their next prey.

July 8, 2011

Oakland Riot Strategy and Tactics (Part 2 of 2)

I was particularly impressed by the "collapsing containment" tactic that effectively took ground away from rioters. What I was most impressed with was the disciplined professionalism by all the officers I saw.

July 29, 2010

Oakland Riot Strategy and Tactics (Part 1 of 2)

Oakland Riot Strategy and Tactics (Part 1 of 2)

I watched as police response, low key at first, transformed to counter the crowd that had turned into a riotous mob. I was highly impressed by the professional, organized and disciplined police response.

July 27, 2010

Riot Makers

Certain elements of society strive to strategically foment rebellion and undermine police tactics.

January 21, 2009

The 40th Anniversary of the Glenville Riot and Shootout

It's rare to receive a formal invitation to remember a shootout and riot. But that's what participants, like myself, received for this year's 40th anniversary commemoration of the Glenville Shootout and Riot.

July 23, 2008