Tips to Avoid: Riots & Civil Disobedience


Riots & Civil Disobedience:

· If you happen to be in a situation that you see is escalating into a demonstration or riot, get out quickly. If you can not get to your car, walk out of the area. Do not stay to watch. You can quickly be trapped in an area, or in your car, and you risk injury from flying debris.

· Whenever possible, leave the area or try to go into a safe place until the violence is over. If you stand in a group to watch and the police have ordered everyone to leave, you could be arrested!

· In serious situations police use tear gas or water cannons. You don’t want to get caught up in those. Common sense is the important thing here. A recent shooting at a large County fair nearby resulted in numerous people being trampled by fleeing crowds. Keep an eye on your surroundings, don’t stay in a situation that you see is deteriorating.

· Like I have previously stated, keep aware of your surroundings. If you see subjects nearby getting intoxicated or unruly, it’s time to move. Don’t stay in a deteriorating situation. If violence breaks out, don’t stay to watch. Walk the other way, Fast. The sooner you can get away from a situation going bad, the safer you will be.

· If you get caught in the middle of a situation, find the safest spot you can (in a store, building, etc.) and be a good witness.

· If violence breaks out you can be of great assistance to the police in identifying who the suspect is, or assist in identifying the persons responsible for inciting the disturbance.


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