Fifty police officers from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo were recently trained in crowd control strategies, the use of force, and more by the FBI. The upcoming FIFA World Cup was the driving force behind organizing the five-day workshop. Other topics addressed include decision making, interacting with media, and use of intelligence in identifying acts of vandalism. Read full article
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I wonder how many FBI Agents have any actual experience of crowd control or public order disturbances? How many have actually been there, done that?May 28th, 2014 - 04:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Not many I suspect. This training will all have come straight out of a book.
Theory, that's going to be a big help!
They will need to be innovative.May 28th, 2014 - 07:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
A mounted officer was hit in the leg with an arrow yesterday in Brasilia.
FBI have zero credibility in this field.May 28th, 2014 - 12:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Much better to employ the London Met.
They have significant experience with massed street demos, riots, aggregations of miners, etc.
Agree.May 28th, 2014 - 03:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Now if they had turned to their expertise in Phsychological Profiling, Forensic Science, Hostage Negotiating/Rescue, Evidence gathering and Handling, Interview Techniques, Ballistic Science etc, etc, etc. FBI all the way, no doubt about it.
I think they have gone to them for the political kudos their name brings, rather than for practicality.
On the other hand they are showing that they are treating the event seriously.
They are filling up the police water cannon with urine and sewer water at the moment.May 28th, 2014 - 05:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Multiple battery packs for the taser's.
30 round clips for the pistols, that's the American way.
On second thoughts ... the FBI should feel totally at homeMay 28th, 2014 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
- military weapons, heavy machine guns, take-down weapons for attacking helicopters -
all equally available in suburban USA schools and in the favelas of Brasil.
Possibly their skills at Waco are what the Brasilians are looking for.
The Government can send as many cops as they want to these 5-day workshops ...the problem with the Brazilian Police is that the average cop comes from the 'favelas', where violence is the norm to settle any dispute, has insufficient schooling, is resentful at having to perform his duties in such precarious conditions, is enormously underpaid (to risk his life on a daily basis) and at the slightest opportunity, will use it to vent his anger and frustration. Am pretty sure there will be dozens of incidents of mutual accusations of violence between the police and protestors.May 29th, 2014 - 10:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0