Can I just say something. ..
About the opinions of Police and Military personnel who conduct riot control. I see a lot of negative backlash, but I have an alternate view. My unit conducts riot training, and it is something I train to do every month.
Let me just say that the way we are taught, both through class and through feild training is not what peope think. We aren’t put there to hurt anyone. We are trained to control these situations without people getting hurt. Force is at the very END of the list. It’s the last thing we want to do. During all of our trainings we are basicslly rewired to not react to hostility or aggression. We don’t push back we hold our ground. Our goal isn’t to hurt people, its to de-escalate the situation.
I mean for crying out loud, we’re trained to detain an injured person so we can treat them and make sure they are stable. No matter what side. We want to ensure everyone’s safety.
I’m not saying bad things don’t happen, I know that some pretty unlawful shit has gone on. But I just felt like I needed to share with everyone that riot control is to do just that, control civil unrest in a non agressive manner. You’re all free to your own opinions of things. People never agree on everything 100% however I did want to share my experience through the training I have done.