Sunday, November 27, 2011
NYPD Disorder Control Memo Obtained By Occupy Wall Street Protester
New York, NY - An arrested Occupy Wall Street protester obtained a piece of paper he allegedly found in the back of a police van.
The 19 guidelines range from advice on proper attire to stressing the need to act as a team in chaotic situations.
Noting that having “helmet and baton, ready for immediate use” is “critical,” the memo advises, “A strong military appearance, with sharp and precise movements, is a force multiplier and a psychological advantage to us.”
In our experience, witnessing hundreds of police in riot gear holding batons is certainly chilling, but it may in fact exacerbate the tensions between unarmed protesters and heavily armed police, making an already adversarial situation more hostile.
Other guidelines make terrific sense, such as “use minimal force necessary to achieve the objectives,” “be tolerant of verbal abuse,” and “maintain firearms discipline.”