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The Crowd Control topic focuses in on the difficult task of controlling large groups of people with a limited number of officers and resources. The articles and tips in this section focus on strategies that can help quell a riled up crowd and riot gear — helmets and shields — that will keep them safe in the process. Law enforcement must be prepared for the worst when a controversial verdict is read or a large sports team wins a championship and the celebration spills to the streets.
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February 12, 2015
Ferguson mayor says he tried in vain to get Guard to town

Ferguson mayor says he tried in vain to get Guard to town

Said Wednesday that he had tried in vain to urge Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard in his town as people burned and looted buildings in protest of a grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case - Full Story
February 11, 2015
Hearings to begin on governor's tactics for Ferguson unrest

Hearings to begin on governor's tactics for Ferguson unrest

The bipartisan panel is to first hear testimony from local officials as a prelude to calling upon members of Gov. Jay Nixon's administration in the coming weeks - Full Story
February 02, 2015

Video: Man hit by pepper spray during protest sues Seattle PD

Officers deployed pepper spray into a crowd and used bikes to form a barricade after an officer went to the ground during a Jan. 19 protest - Full Story
January 30, 2015
New NYPD unit to combat terrorists, control protests

New NYPD unit to combat terrorists, control protests

Unit will be equipped with machine guns and heavy armor and will receive training in advanced counterterrorism tactics and "disorder control" - Full Story
January 29, 2015

Pa. cop cleared in viral arrest at Pridefest

Citizen board agrees with other investigators that cop who arrested woman during altercation at gay pride event did not use excessive force - Full Story
January 29, 2015

Video: Scuffle breaks out during Mo. police review board hearing

When officers began to testify against a proposed civilian police oversight board in St. Louis, some in the audience began yelling, pushing and shoving - Full Story
January 16, 2015
San Francisco protesters shut down transit stations

San Francisco protesters shut down transit stations

Protesters say the transit demonstration will kick off four days of action over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend - Full Story
January 15, 2015

Police protesters snarl morning commute in DC

Several dozen protesters hindered the morning commute for some Thursday as they marched in the streets of Washington - Full Story
January 15, 2015

Boston area highway blocked by police protesters

Activists protesting what they call "police and state violence against black people" chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston area highway - Full Story
January 13, 2015
Video: Arrests made as Ohio State fans set fires, tear down goal post

Video: Arrests made as Ohio State fans set fires, tear down goal post

Police made a handful of arrests after using tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds after nearly 90 fires were set - Full Story



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