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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to survive a police-incited riot

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Health and first aid

  • First aid kit with:
    • bandages
    • Bandaids
    • sterile combine dressing, and gauze pads
    • adhesive tape, and gauze tape
    • medical tweezers
    • surgical razor or scalpel
    • disinfectant pads
    • latex gloves (rubber if allergic to latex, to protect first aider against infection)
    • a 30 day supply of personal prescription medication
    • Antibiotic cream
    • Epinephrine and antihistamines for allergic reactions, primarily to insect stings
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • suture kit or sterile disposable surgical stapler.
    • oxytetracycline tablets (for diarrhea or infection)
    • Aspirin
    • extra pair of prescription eyeglasses or contacts
    • Sunscreen (where appropriate, above 30 SPF)
    • 100% UV protective sunglasses ("UV 400") (protects eyes from harmful UV radiation. Polarized glasses are not necessarily UV protective, but aid with glare only).
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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kevin Post douses his face with water after being shot in the eyes with pepper spray at the Coast Guard station at Sandy Hook, N.J.
Tom Sperduto/U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images 
The best defense against tear gas is a gas mask, but if you don't have a mask there are still steps you can take to minimize damage from tear gas. If you think you might encounter tear gas you can soak a bandana or paper towel in lemon juice or cider vinegar and store it in a plastic baggie. You can breathe through the acidified cloth for several minutes, which should give you sufficient time to get upwind or reach higher ground. Goggles are a great thing to have. You can use tight-fitting swim goggles if chemical safety goggles aren't available. Don't wear contacts anywhere you might encounter tear gas. If you are wearing contact lenses, immediately remove them. Your contacts are a loss as is anything else you can't wash. You can wear your clothes again after you wash them, but wash them separately that first time. If you don't have goggles or any sort of mask, you can breathe the air inside your shirt, since there is less air circulation and therefore a lower concentration of the gas, but that is counterproductive once the fabric becomes saturated.

First Aid

First aid for eyes is to flush them with sterile saline or water until the stinging starts to abate. Exposed skin should be washed with soap and water. Breathing difficulties are treated by administering oxygen and in some cases using medication that are used to treat asthma. Medicated bandages can be used on burns.
About.com Chemistry Tear Gas Exposure

Rubber Bullets Riot control use

The rubber riot control bullet is part of a long line of development of non-lethal riot control cartridges that dates back to the use of short sections of broom handle fired at rioters in Singapore in the 1880s.[1] The Hong Kong police developed wooden baton rounds but they were liable to splinter and cause wounds. British developed rubber rounds—the "Round, Anti-Riot, 1.5in Baton"—to replace the wooden rounds, where they were widely used in Northern Ireland.[8][9] A low power propelling charge gave them a muzzle velocity of about 60 m/s (200 ft/s) and maximum range of about 100 m (110 yd). The intended use is to fire at the ground so that the round bounces up and hits the target on the legs causing pain but not injury.[10] In Northern Ireland over 35 years (1970–2005) approximately 125,000 baton rounds were fired—an average of ten per day—causing 17 deaths.[11] The baton round was made available to British police forces outside Northern Ireland from 2001.
Israeli rubber bullets are produced in two main types. The older type, the standard rubber bullet, is a 2 cm steel sphere coated in a thin layer of rubber, weighing 14 grams, while the new improved rubber bullet, introduced in 1989, is a rubber coated metal cylinder 1.7 cm in diameter, weighing 15.4 grams.[12] These bullets are fired from a special adapter attached to the muzzle of a rifle, similar to those used to launch rifle grenades. The rubber bullets are loaded into the front of the adapter, and propelled with a blank cartridge.[citation needed] Lethal injuries are often the result of head injuries caused by misuse.[12]
Two rounds of Fiocchi 12 gauge rubber buckshot
Smaller rubber bullets are used in riot shotguns, and are available in a variety of types. One company, for example, makes both rubber buckshot rounds, containing 15 8.3mm diameter rubber balls per cartridge, and rubber baton rounds, containing a single 4.75 gram projectile.[13]
Rubber bullets Wikipedia

See also

Excerpt from a very lengthy, smart article on how to survive a riot:
  • Dark clothing, not uniform or militaristic style
  • Toothpaste, vinyl or latex gloves
  • Helmet
  • Safe places to go to
  • Social media tools
  • Personal medical kit, including asthma inhaler or allergy gear
  • Documentation such as a passport or ID in case you're arrested
  • Bulletproof vest (for war zones, for journalists, for anyone who uses this gear for work purposes)
from WikiHow


Mounted riot police as crowd control during protests in Edinburgh
The front-line officers in a riot control are often fully armored and carry weapons such as batons, designed to be in direct contact with the crowd. These officers subdue rioters and subsequently allow the less heavily armoured, more mobile officers to make arrests where it is deemed necessary. In face of a greater threat, the riot police will be backed up with other officers equipped with riot guns to fire tear gas, rubber bullets, plastic bullets or "beanbag" rounds.
As a less aggressive step, mounted police may first be sent into the crowd. The might and height offered by the horse are combined with its training, allowing an officer to more safely infiltrate a crowd. Usually, when front-facing a riot, officers slowly walk in a line parallel to the riot's front, extending to both its ends, as they noisily and simultaneously march and beat their shields with their batons, to cause fear and psychological effects on the crowd.
German police deploy an armoured riot control vehicle at a demonstration in Hamburg.
The French CRS's tactics against a long demonstration march is to attack it at several points and chop it into segments, rather than to merely try to block it at its front end. Since the advent of artillery, straight roads have been of notable importance in city defense and control. Upon coming to power, Napoleon III built great avenues, referred to as anti-riot streets, into the troublesome quarters of Paris.[10] The wide straight roads also allowed for cavalry charges to subdue rioters.
In the United Kingdom, usually when large demonstrations take place that are deemed unstable, the territorial police force responsible for the demonstration in that area will usually deploy Police Support Unit personnel who are trained in riot tactics, along with normal divisional officers. If the demonstration turns violent, police will seal roads and other exits to contain protesters in a single area (known as kettling) to prevent widespread damage and wait until the protesters tire. These tactics were seen during the 2009 G-20 London summit protests and the 2010 student protests in London. Tear gas and other more offensive tactics are used as a last resort. Throughout police will be videoing or photographing protesters for future arrests, "snatch squad" tactics might also be used.
from WikiPedia Riot Control Tactics

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