Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Police Prepared for Civil Unrest and IMF Riots?

A majority of my posts this week have seemed to focus on predicted riots and unrest in America in the coming years. I have talked with people at work in the past who don't believe any such thing is possible. It would be nice to still be asleep, but I took the red pill a long time ago, so I have a feeling that the predictions will be accurate. It does not help that the War College and police forces are in agreement with the people making these predictions.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson brought up a worst-case scenario as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September. Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, said that might even require a declaration of martial law, the two noted.

State and local police in Arizona say they have broad plans to deal with social unrest, including trouble resulting from economic distress. The security and police agencies declined to give specifics, but said they would employ existing and generalized emergency responses to civil unrest that arises for any reason.

“The Phoenix Police Department is not expecting any civil unrest at this time, but we always train to prepare for any civil unrest issue. We have a Tactical Response Unit that trains continually and has deployed on many occasions for any potential civil unrest issue,” said Phoenix Police spokesman Andy Hill.

“We have well established plans in place for such civil unrest,” said Scottsdale Police spokesman Mark Clark.

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Source: Phoenix Business Journal

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