Charlotte Training Cops for Riot Duty Ahead of DNC
Federal government to pick up tab for training, equipment
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2011 2:52 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Apparently, Charlotte is expecting trouble when the Democratic National Convention comes to town—or at least preparing for the possibility. Charlotte’s police department is already stocking up on riot gear and training officers in riot-control techniques in preparation for the event, WSOC TV reports. Though the city already has a few hundred trained riot police, it’s now training almost every officer for the duty.

The federal government will pick up the tab for all that training and gear—in past years, cities hosting the DNC have gotten about $50 million in grants for that purpose, police said. The police also offered WSOC a behind-the-scenes look at riot training, stressing that they were preparing “a very controlled, measured response.” Officers, for example, are trained to advance on crowds a half step at a time, to give people time to comply with their commands.

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Rational.-Anarchist
Oct 20, 2011 6:22 AM CDT
The next police incited riot is scheduled for------------ Charlotte, N.C.! Be sure to attend. You may be the lucky winner of the first clubbing, or pepper spray attack! Stay tuned for details.
cheongyei
Oct 20, 2011 4:27 AM CDT
It won't be only Charlotte, the cancer of the totalitarian zombies will spread throughout the land. The newest generation of the same kind of filth from Chicago in '68 will be out and about for their filthy, pointy-eared demonic purple-lipped Kenyan leader and his apish wife.
Outrageous
Oct 19, 2011 8:44 PM CDT
Let's all take half-steps into the future of a kinder, gentler police state.