Doug Bedell — May 20, 2010, 8:18 pm

Crowds Can Be Controlled Without Carnage

Prompted by the riots in Thailand, here’s a thoughtful piece on how security officials likely can avoid the loss of life that’s been occurring there. Crowd management is an art that doesn’t have to deteriorate into injuries and fatalities, says Sam Rosenfeld on the Security Debrief blog. Western countries know this far better than Thailand has demonstrated, he adds.

“The appropriate use of vehicles, faster, more dynamic tactics and better use of their water cannon could have prevented most of the injuries and deaths we have seen and many of those that are still to occur,” Rosenfeld wrote in a piece posted May 17.

For anyone with potential responsibilities for crowd management, this is a worthwhile piece – also for those who’d like assurance that crowd-control fatalities aren’t inevitable.

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