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.
With buildings burning in the background, video captures intense gunfire that opened up at the Ferguson riots last night. PoliceOne video producer, Ray Kemp, and his second camera operator, Matt Markivee, were filming behind the St. Louis County Police line during the rioting when a barrage of gunfire forced them to take cover.
A cop may use lethal force when he or she “reasonably believes that the action is in defense of human life, including the officer's own life” and in the Ferguson incident, that’s precisely what happened - Full Story
We talk with St. Louis County Police spokesperson Sgt. Brian Schellman on why unified command was activated prior to the grand jury decision in Ferguson rather than after as originally planned. A PoliceOne exclusive interview.