Protestors stepped out again on the nights of October 8 and 9, 2014 in the city of St. Louis, Missouri—just months after a violent riot lasted days in the town of Ferguson. Hundreds came out to protest loudly; some became violent throwing objects at homes, businesses, police cars. The reason for the latest uprising? On Wednesday night, an off-duty police officer shot and killed 18-year old Vonderrit Myers, after he fired three shots at the officer.
Though things have calmed down since August, protestors are continuing to hold nightly vigils outside the Ferguson police department. After this week’s shooting, and news that next month a grand jury will decide whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson, St. Louis city officials are concerned and preparing.
Missouri officials, leaders in law enforcement, as well as law enforcement agencies around the nation and even the FBI have been in weekly meetings—sometimes as much as three times a week—are discussing the possibility of nationwide civil unrest and violence if a grand jury fails to charge Wilson. James Knowles, Ferguson’s mayor says, “The unrest is going to be far beyond the city of Ferguson,” while St. Louis rapper and activist, Tef Poe warns, “…You will see a lot of carnage.” The meetings focus primarily on how law enforcement will respond if violence is to erupt again next month after hearing from the grand jury.
Civil unrest is a volatile situation and one that can become very dangerous quickly. The best way to stay safe is to stay indoors and avoid areas where protestors are likely to gather. Fortunately, riots are somewhat predictable—at the very least anticipated. Historically, riots occur during tense racial periods in areas where people are struggling economically. Rioters and looters also organize through social media, so keep your eyes peeled on Facebook and Twitter for mumblings of violence and looting around your city. In the coming weeks, be prepared for anything that could happen when the grand jury decides whether to charge Darren Wilson.
To prepare for civil unrest, riots, looting and violence in your city, read the following articles:
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- Five Steps to Staying Safe During Civil Unrest
- Shelter In Place
- Home Defense Equipment: Is Your House Secure?
- Zombie Proof Your House
- Shotguns: The Best Home Defense Tool Ever Made
For more on survival and preparedness, visit the Shooter’s Log.
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