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Veteran street cop Loren Christensen explores one of the most frightening yet fascinating occurrences of modern . Riot : A s Tour of Mobs, Riot Cops and the Chaos of Crowd Violence.

Veteran street cop Loren Christensen explores one of the most frightening yet fascinating occurrences of modern society: riots. by Loren W. Christensen.

Find your own way You must go alone Kill all next to you They want the throne The infectious disease Is the only life You're scared to death Die by their knife. A man lies in the corner, covered with blood Bloody wounds on his body, praying to his god People pass him by, but they say Why should we care about him? he will die today. Brutality and mighty wars, warriors start to fight With bombs and guns, the troops have come to extinguish the light I'd rather not go wild tonight, but I must save myself.

The many kinds of riots - race, sports, prison, political - and how they are all equally intense, destructive and deadly

RIOT: A BEHIND-THE BARRICADES TOUR OF MOBS, RIOT COPS, AND THE CHAOS OF CROWD VIOLENCE Veteran street cop Loren Christensen . The many kinds of riots - race, sports, prison, political - and how they are all equally intense, destructive and deadly. Through his own experiences as a military and big-city police officer on the front lines of riots; interviews with protestors, cops, reporters, prison guards and a host of other players; and the words of experts on crowd psychology and mob violence, Christensen paints.

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Veteran street cop Loren Christensen explores one of the most frightening yet fascinating occurrences of modern society: riots. In Riot, Christensen leads you deep inside angry mobs and brings you along with the cops who clash head-to-head with them in the streets to show you in riveting detail what a riot is, how and why it happens, who participates and what it feels like to be in the middle of one. You will learn аbout:the powerful psychological influences that affect everyone involved, from street cop to bottle thrower to business ownertypical conditions that set the stage for a major riot, and common triggers that set the violence in motionthe many kinds of riots - race, sports, prison, political - and how they are all equally intense, destructive and deadlyThrough his own experiences as a military and big-city police officer on the front lines of riots; interviews with protestors, cops, reporters, prison guards and a host of other players; and the words of experts on crowd psychology and mob violence, Christensen paints a graphic portrait of the riot experience in the streets of America and around the world.

Comments: (5)

Iarim
I have read Loren Christensens books and articles in the past and appreciated his writing style. I was looking for more tactical specifics in preparation for a presentation on the topic. This is more an experiencial narrative rather than a resource "how to" refresher I was looking for.
Uste
I'm a security guard, so I found this informative and useful.
Shaktit
I have to say this book does take a balanced perspective. While Mr Christensen definitely comes down in the "pro-law and order" camp, he takes the time to describe and examine the rioter/protestor mindset. I recommend this book to get a picture of the chaos of these situations. It feels like being inside a tornado.

Matt
skriper
A good read for LEO's
Cemav
Riots are frightening, fascinating, and shockingly widespread--capital material for the evening news. They can stem from almost anything, from political conventions to concerts, sporting events, jury verdicts, traffic accidents, or defamatory cartoons. If pressed, most of us can think of at least a few riots off the top of our heads: Kent State, Tiananmen Square, WTO, Watts, or the aftermath of the Rodney King incident.

Christensen takes us beyond the headlines to examine the subject up close and personal. He not only provides insight into the phenomena that can spark a riot, but also interviews participants from both sides of the law. Having worked stadium security during several sports riots and brushed up against both the Seattle WTO and Mardi Gras rampages, this reviewer can categorically state that Christensen's portrayals are authentic, unbiased, and unwavering. Let's face it, mobs are dangerous. Highly emotional and impulsive, they often erupt violently. Crowds can turn into mobs if members become indifferent to laws, choose to disregard authority, or take advantage of the perceived anonymity that a large group can provide and follow instigators into violent acts.

The author shows how five psychological influences--impersonality, anonymity, suggestion/imitation, emotional contagion, and discharge of repressed emotions--affect rioters, their targets, witnesses, and police officers who try to break things up. Fortunately these influences don't impact everyone. Unfortunately the minority who are affected can cause serious confusion, destruction and injury for everyone else. Because riots can be hard to predict and even harder to stop, it is prudent to pay careful attention to what is going on around us whenever we are part of a crowd. Even if we do sense the mood change, catch a glimpse of the opening acts, and anticipate what's coming, however, it can be very hard to force our way through the press of bodies and escape to safety.

This book truly helps readers identify danger signals and respond in a meaningful way. While law enforcement and security personnel will benefit from the information and insights, Riot is a terrific resource for everyday citizens as well.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles

Note: Originally reviewed in the Jan/Feb '08 edition of ForeWord Magazine
Riot: A Behind-The-Barricades Tour of Mobs, Riot Cops, and the Chaos of Crowd Violence download epub
Politics & Government
Author: Loren W. Christensen
ISBN: 1581606354
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1, 2008)
Pages: 274 pages