Practical Advice in Violent Crowd Situations

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Randall Callins offers this practical advice in violent crowd situations:

  • Don’t turn your back.
  • In a situation of violent threat, don’t hide your face.
  • Don’t run away in panic.
  • Above all, don’t fall down.
  • That is to say: your eyes and your face are your strongest weapon of defense.
  • Keep up a clear confrontation with a potential attacker. But don’t raise the level of tension; don’t scream; don’t make further threats; just keep it steady as you can.
  • Don’t get isolated as a single individual surrounded by a cluster of about half a dozen attackers. This is the configuration in photos where persons are badly beaten. Try to stay with at least a small cluster of your own side, but not in the panicky flight mode.

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