With the Grand Jury’s announcement last night, Ferguson has once again erupted in violence.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Grand Jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, deciding that he was within his rights as a police officer to use lethal force. As a result, riots broke out in Ferguson and all across the country as supporters of the Brown family staged protests against the verdict.
Whether you agree with the verdict or not, you have to be aware that riots like this can get out of hand very quickly. Last night, protesters and looters robbed stores, set cars on fire and harassed police officers, while officers hurled tear gas. The city is in chaos and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping any time soon.
Don’t take too much comfort if you live nowhere near Ferguson, Missouri. There were protests in New York, LA, DC, Seattle and other cities all across the country. It’s very likely that no matter where you are, there’s a protest taking place not far from you.
With that in mind, we’ve collected our previous posts from the original incident in Ferguson. Please take a look at these and prepare yourself in case you ever find yourself amidst a mob.
As Ferguson has taught us, all it takes is one police shooting, one jury verdict, one natural disaster… and a town can melt down into utter chaos and look like a scene you’d expect to see in Iraq or Afghanistan. And remember, it doesn’t matter where you live in the U.S., every town is susceptible. This is why you need to know how to survive if your town ever breaks down and protestors begin lobbing Molotov cocktails left and right and looting runs rampant. Click here to learn what to do if you find yourself dealing with an angry mob.
As we’ve seen with the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, or even back in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, sometimes all it takes is an emotionally heavy event to bring out the worst in people. Heck, we’ve even seen riots break out at sporting events – from both the losing and winning sides.
These opportunists will jump at the first sign of chaos and use it to their advantage to loot and steal from private homes and businesses, causing incredible damage. They’re selfish, greedy, and don’t care about the lives or property of the people affected by their animalistic behavior.
Click here to learn how to safely find your way out of a riot.
In all the recent outrage surrounding the happenings in Ferguson, MO there has been no resolution, but rather, an escalation due to a mob of looters and thugs disguised as “protesters” on Michael Brown’s behalf. These agitators have swarmed into the chaos clouting the small Missouri town fairly unnoticed as tensions mount and stability weakens. Citizens of Ferguson have been quartered to their homes thanks to a mandatory curfew while these hooligans run rampant in the streets and police officers are chastised for any display of authority.Click here to read more.
I really can’t stress enough how important it is to learn how to handle yourself in these types of situations.
Even after the situation in Ferguson dies down, it will only be a matter of time before some other controversy strikes and causes more riots to break out. With the way our country is headed, I doubt it will be long before the entire nation resembles the streets of Ferguson right now.
So prepare yourself, stay informed, and stay safe.
What do you think about the riots and protests in Ferguson? Is rioting ever justified? Should Darren Wilson have been indicted? Let us know in the comments.