These days it seems like civil unrest is so common that it barely gets mentioned in the news. Most recently, riots in Europe have been been ignited by public spending cutbacks. Here in the US, the most recent riots have been starting in neighborhoods angered by perceived police brutality or some sort of legal “injustice”. Behind the scenes, US authorities have been preparing for civil unrest stemming from our own financial problems.
The big media has proven themselves untrustworthy so it’s become a regular part of my day to check the local news and blogs around the country for any rioting or protests. I usually post the news on this blog if I feel that the media hasn’t made enough of an effort in reporting the events nationally.
Civil unrest has always been one of my major concerns and, in my opinion, it’s one of the most likely threats that most of us face. In addition to the possibility of personal injury and property damage, we also need to consider the other potential problems facing us when gov’t attempts to contain a nearby civil disturbance. Recognizing how a group turns from peaceful to violent could save a life and learning how riots are contained should be part of everyone’s prep plans.
Here are a few resources that can shed some light on riots and the tactics that the authorities use to control them.
- Understanding Riots
- How riot control works
- Riot Control Tactics
- Facts about Riot Control Agents
- FM 19-15 Civil Disturbances