Chicago Crowd Control

Graciously nodding to FfejWorld, we are proud to present a link to the Chicago PD’s crowd control manual.

Crowd Control — Special Response Team Training — The Chicago Police Department’s training materials on crowd control. Editorial note: Sound boring? Au contraire. Who would have thought that Chicago’s finest are taught to imagine themselves as Spartans oiling themselves for the fight to the death before the climactic battle at Thermopylae? Or as part of the massive Macedonian phalanx confronting Darius’ Immortals at Issus? Liberal education is not dead, certainly not at the CPD. Also, if you’ve attended a demo lately, see which participant category you fall into on page 11: “‘Single-issue’ terrorist,” “Emotionally Repressed,” “Criminal Opportunist” or “Swept-in Bystanders & the Curious.”

3 Comments so far

  1. nikkos (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

    Funny, the document doesn’t get around to addressing “First Amendement considerations” til page 6 of the 11 page PDF.

    Also, per Alana’s note, according to this doc your basic war protester is a “single issue terrorist.” There appears to be no category for “disgruntled citizen exercising his/her constitutional right to free assembly and free speech.” Nope, we’re all terrorists now.

    Also note it’s not “music concerts” that the CPD must be ready for, it’s specifically “rap concerts.”

    The more I go through the doc, and the more typos I notice, authenticity becomes an issue.

  2. Alana (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 4:42 pm

    These are Ffej’s notes on the document:
    “As cited in the comments, the Chicago Police Department crowd control manual compares Chicago

  3. reid (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 11:20 pm

    I’ve interacted with a lot of members of the CPD. The combination of classical Greek battles and spelling errors isn’t surprising. My experience with CPD is that they like to use big (or should I say, polysyllabic) words so they sound smart. Right.

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