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Crowd Control

Crowd Control

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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London explodes in riots after police shooting

Protest against fatal shooting of man turned into rampage; 8 cops injured, cruisers torched - Full Story


Riot police respond to chaos at LA premiere

Police in riot gear fought off crowds who came to see a well-known DJ - Full Story


2 new suspects arrested in Giants fan beating

Bryan Stow, 42, was nearly beaten to death by two men after attending the March 31 season opener - Full Story


SF police arrest 35 in shooting protest

One protester attempted to take a camera away from a member of a local TV news crew - Full Story


Video: Mob shoots fireworks at responding cops, firefighters

Responders faced a "near-riot" mob setting off mortar-type fireworks, with some people throwing bottles and rocks - Full Story


Reality Training: Crowd Control Secure - Login Required

In this video, Dave Smith stresses the importance of watching your defensive tactics techniques, particularly with a baton, in order to avoid negative coverage from the media.


Video: Rioter swings bag at cop, punches firefighter

Intoxicated Vancouver rioter taunts public safety officials - Full Story


Police confront Stanley Cup rioters

Police confront Stanley Cup rioters

As drunk hockey fans disillusioned from a Canucks loss rioted in Vancouver Wednesday night, a mob looted businesses and burned cars, including police cruisers. Police and riot police tried to control the angry crowd. (AP Photo)


Video: Police attempt to control Vancouver riot

Canucks fans start a violent riot after their Stanley Cup loss - Full Story

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