Thursday, September 01, 2005

"A Riot Primer" by Eugene H. Methvin

NRO has reprinted an old column by Methvin on preventing riots. It boils down to: When the problems start, arrest everyone in sight, and announce to all that they may be shot.

He provides some interesting examples.

It's a shame the pols in Louisiana and Mississippi haven't read it. Too late now.

This reminds me a bit of the actions by the Milwaukee Police Department when the Rodney King riots (I think it was) were taking place elsewhere. A small group of ppl were becoming "disorderly" in Grand Avenue Mall- the major downtown mall- so the police arrested them and ordered the mall closed. Result: no riot in Milwaukee.

Newspaper editorial reaction: The foolish Milwaukee police overreacted. Their proof: no riot took place.

No kidding.

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