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Okay folks it’s called pain compliance for a reason. Protected speech is not: vandalism, theft, arson, assaults, or blocking traffic. Once the first bottle or brick is thrown, when the first window is smashed, or fire has started then the party is over.
If the front line of the crowd is protecting those throwing objects, and committing crimes then you have to break that line. Impact munitions such as rubber bullets, round rubber balls are best. They bounce off the pavement and are about groin high when they hit the crowd.
Chemical agents such as pepper ball rounds and tear gas rounds should be deployed as well. Up close and personal becomes “stick time” for those who are slow learners and didn’t leave the area to avoid the impact munitions, or chemical agents.
If TV crews don’t have the brains to stand alongside, or just behind the police lines when the rubber bullets fly that’s just too bad for them.
These are drastic measures but you must break the “we” mentality of the mob when they become rioters, and replace it with the “I” mentality. Like “I” need to get out here because “I’m” going to get hurt. Yes, it’s ugly, but it’s necessary.
The usual suspects in city, state, and the federal governments will whine and complain about these measures. You cannot reason with the usual suspects anymore than you can reason with the mob. They lock-up hairdressers that want to go back to work, surfers, beachgoers, and parents that want to take their kids to the park. And they release prison inmates instead.Published in