Atlanta Police Preparing For Unrest in Aftermath of Officer Wilson Verdict

Friday, November 7, 2014
By Paul Martin

Cops get crowd control training

Paul Joseph Watson
November 7, 2014

The Atlanta Police Department is preparing for unrest in the aftermath of the Grand Jury verdict in the case of Officer Darren Wilson, which is expected to be announced this weekend.

The department is one of many from across the country gearing up for potential disorder should Wilson be acquitted of the August 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an outcome which is widely expected. Brown’s death prompted sustained rioting and looting in Ferguson, Missouri which was met by what many labeled an overbearing militarized police response.

“There are going to be people who come out and voice their opinions and exercise their first amendment rights,” Officer John Chafee told WXIA-TV. “And of course we would welcome anyone that’s peacefully protesting. We’re going to allow them to do that, but we’re also prepared for those who may not want to be peaceful.”

Chafee added that the department was putting some officers through “crowd control” training, while cops who had already received such training were taking refresher courses. Reporter Keith Whitney said police were preparing rotating “crowd control teams” who would each work 12 hour shifts.

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