UNcivil Unrest

Chicago. Baltimore. Washington. Wilmington. Kansas City. Louisville.

My brother was a year old in 1968. I hadn’t yet been born, so neither my brother nor I remember the riots that took place in the above cities in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. I am fortunate that my Dad is still alive and kicking, and in talking with him just days ago, he said he has never seen this country as divided and on-edge as now. I am not sure what sort of precipitating event may occur, but I do believe that it can happen. The result may be much worse than in 1968.

In just the last two weeks, we have seen widespread “peaceful” protests along with several, smaller, more destructive events take place. The events in Berkeley on Wednesday night have me concerned for the future. The information garnered in some of the classes I have taken over the last few years may, unfortunately, prove useful.

Given these recent events and unsure about what the future holds, I thought it worthwhile to repost this article I wrote for the blog nearly two years ago. In re-reading it myself, there isn’t really anything I would change. If anything, it should be easier for the average citizen to stay informed about unfolding events, hopefully allowing him or her to avoid any “situations”. Avoidance is your best policy here.

Anyway, please read or re-read this article and share it with like-minded folks. For further reading, visit Greg Ellifritz’s website, http://www.activeresponsetraining.net, as he has written a number of articles about dealing with crowds/riots/etc., and has even had to negotiate a few such situations himself.

Stay safe out there, people. We live in uncertain times.–Robert


I have the pleasure of living just outside–and working in–one of the most violent cities in the nation. A city of 600,000+ that sees 250+ murders per year and has associated levels of other violent crime. Recently, this city has been in the news as one of those where a young African-American male died while in police custody. In late April, I was on my way home when I heard on the radio about what sounded like a riot beginning near the only mall in the city, about 3 miles from my location at that moment. Within hours, all of the cable news networks had set up shop in that area of the city, and tensions, as I write this several weeks later, remain high.

I am not going to pretend that I’ve “survived” a riot or try to make myself out to be more than I am.  However, as…

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