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The "Accident Chain" and the In-Custody Death of George Floyd

The "Accident Chain" and the In-Custody Death of George Floyd

In aviation, an accident chain usually ends with one or more people dead in a twisted mass of burning metal, investigators conducting a lengthy and expensive inquiry, and mourners lashing out at those responsible for a series of fatal mistakes... Sound familiar?

August 7, 2020

The History of Crowd Management

The History of Crowd Management

Riot lines of officers with little protective gear in the 1920s gave way to the use of chemical agents in the 1970s.

August 28, 2012

20 Years After the Rodney King Riots

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles. In 1992, major rioting would continue until May 25. Much has changed since those days of anti-police rioting, yet much has remained the same.

May 1, 2012

How the Rodney King Riot Changed the LAPD

How the Rodney King Riot Changed the LAPD

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riot that followed the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who were prosecuted by the state for using excessive force on Rodney King. There was extensive looting and burning, and 53 people lost their lives.

April 27, 2012

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

What is Going on In San Francisco?

What is Going on In San Francisco?

Sadly, it would appear that American law enforcement has lost much of its willingness to take the initiative and restore the peace. We've come a long way from the days when the Texas Rangers boasted they only needed one Ranger to end one riot.

July 29, 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

My Memories of the Rodney King Riots? Rage and Frustration

Traffic on the I-10 Freeway was non-existent, save for those who absolutely had to go to work under a hazy film of smoky clouds. I remember thinking that all of the other commuters must have been either cops or firefighters.

March 4, 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