The Occupy Wall Street group has spread out over many cities in the
In this video we see a protester is apparently wounded and laying on the ground near the police lines. The narrator implies the wounded man was hit by a tear gas canister, but the video does not show how he was wounded. The police don’t appear to be making an effort to provide him with any aid. About a dozen of the protestors surge forward towards the injured man and police toss a device that explodes near them; driving most of them away. Some of the protesters pick up the man and eventually he goes to the hospital.
Is your agency ready for significant civil disobedience? Does your agency have policies to control the use of tear gas canisters or flash bang devices? How recently has your agency trained with these pieces of equipment? Does your agency have the equipment on hand to respond to any civil unrest? What is your training and procedure to deal with an officer or protester who gets injured? If you don’t have these in place and ready to go, it’s probably time; that’s what the SGT Says.