posted on Sep, 25 2009 @ 10:43 AM
I remember well being on riot control when in the Army. What did we have to do?
We were trained in all the spots not to hit someone with your stick, so you wouldn't cause serious injury. What spots? Well by the time they were
done training us, we were wondering where in the hell you were allowed to hit at all. No joints, not the head, not under the arms, not in the ribs,
etc... you were trained even when being attacked, to be as careful as you could.
We were trained that these were civilians, and even though they were rioting, we were there to protect them.
I remember one riot in San Fran, we were covering a gate at the Presidio, a huge anti-war crowd had gathered, we had erected a metal barrier (those
metal "fences" that only stand maybe 3 feet high). We were told do NOT attack, do not react, do not talk back, but do not allow them to break the
We had balloons filled with urine hurled at us. They tore down the barries and made a huge pile out of them. My buddy standing to my right, who was
black, had folks in his face, yelling at him if he enjoyed still being a slave, was called all sorts of racists names. We were spat at, yelled at,
cussed at, by those civilians we were taked to protect.
So, again... what are they supposed to do if people yell physical threats? Say they have a bomb?
You act as if those who are trying to keep peace and protect folks are evil wicked people, who are beating people over the head with clubs. They were
putting someone into a car for crying out loud! Probably defusing an escalating situation. The crap these folks have to put up with, you probably
don't fully realize how restrained they actually are. Try being in a riot squad sometimes, perhaps your attitude will change.