England Riots – Out Of Control
The world amazed at what was happening in England, sparked by fatal shooting by police of a local man in Tottenham.
Police were out numbered when groups of protesters grew, as they did, so did the brazen attacks on Police and property.
On going bad relations between the police and the black community did not help, it was the chance for these community’s to erupt and display exactly what they thought of the Police actions against Mark Duggan, 29,
It is not the first time that there have been riots caused by Police. The 1992 L.A Riots started when a jury acquitted three white and one hispanic Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.
The L.A riots were much more deadly, Widespread looting, assault, arson and murder occurred, and property damages topped roughly $1 billion. In all, 53 people died during the riots and thousands more were injured.
View more for a Historical List of Riots and great photosIn England most of the looting and destruction was done by groups of youths who increased in size as the word was spread by using mobile phones mostly text messages.
Mobile Phones and text messaging now seems to be a big problem. Mass text messaging (sending one message to all contacts) was used to coordinate gangs to meet where there were no Police, Police were stretched to the limit and this is why it was out of control.
Police and government are now looking at ways to block mobile phones from working in situations like this.
Law Enforcement is now going through all the footage that was taken and say that they will
arrest who are responsible of what happened over the three days or unrest.
It is interesting to see where the looting took place and how far they traveled. The Guardian.co.uk have compiled some great maps related this.
There is also a list of the names of offenders who have been charged
The Association of British Insurers says the damage is likely to cost insurers “tens of millions of pounds”.
The prime minister has promised a “concerted, all out war on gangs and gang culture”, in response to the riots and looting across English cities.
A gangs taskforce is being set up, to be led by Home Secretary Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles and New York, is to advise the government on how to crack down on gangs.
But were gangs really to blame?
Gangs are being blamed for last week’s explosion of riots and looting. But how do we know they were responsible?
Prison service chiefs have sounded the alarm over potential unrest and violence in overcrowded jails in England and Wales as hundreds of rioters have swelled the prison population to a record level.
The Prison Service admitted on Friday that they are “closely monitoring the estate for any potential unrest” after the prison population broke through the 86,000 mark for the first time.
A list of Historical riots
1981 England riots – West Indian race riots across London, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool
2001 England riots – South Asian race riots in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford
2005 civil unrest in France – Widespread rioting across France
2005 Cronulla riots – Beachfront riots in Sydney, Australia
2006 Dublin riots – Love-Ulster Riots in Dublin, Ireland
2008 Greek riots – Riots in Greece, mainly centered on Athens
2010 Berkeley California riot – protesters damaging UC Berkeley’s Durant Hall and then spilling over into the city streets, igniting trash cans and Dumpsters, smashing windows and clashing with police.
1934 San Francisco Riot – Two men were killed by bullets, another by injuries, 31 others were shot and an untold number, including police, were clubbed, gassed, beaten and stoned.
Recent Oakland Riots – On January 7, 2009 a protest march in Oakland involving about 250 people became violent. Demonstrators caused over $200,000 in damage while breaking shop and car windows, burning cars, setting trash bins on fire, and throwing bottles at police officers.
List of incidents of civil unrest in the United States , to many to list
The Riots in England is not unique, it is not the first and wont be the last.
Watch this space !