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Week 442
June 17, 2009

Editor's Note:

In conjunction with today's featured news about the excellent work done by LAPD to stem the melee that followed the NBA Championship game, SWAT columnist Dan Marcou shares some thoughts on crowd control. In addition, we welcome the return of Language and Communication Columnist John Bowden, who offers a useful guide to help you nail your incident reports every time.

Remember, we welcome the contributions of our members, and encourage you to e-mail us your article ideas.

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Officers had to control a group of "knuckleheads," in the words of Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton, and used a new strategy: Remove the rabble-rousers, push larger crowds into marginal areas, and chase smaller groups until they disperse. In their Monday morning analysis, police commanders declared the approach a success ... Full story
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