Makes for interesting reading:
The rioters being given a chance to ‘go home’ — BY THE GOVERNMENT — is what kept the body count low. This even though it allowed rioting to continue for another 24 or so hours. Had the national guard done what they did in Detroit, Watts and Kent State — there would have been blood in the gutters. That’s because when troops come rolling in and someone in the mob shoots or lobs shit … the mob loses.I tell you all of this because there are no simple answers to this. Police cause problems. Police prevent problems. Civilians cause problems. Civilians prevent problems. But what can be clearly stated — and needs to be understood — is cops, unlike civilians — have rules of engagement, limits and use of force restrictions.Civilians don’t. That’s the other way bodies start stacking up.
And from personal experience, he is right.