[Homestead] post election night mayhem

bob ford bobford79 at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 22 11:27:28 EDT 2008


 Leading The News       

Police prepare for unrest  

By Alexander Bolton  

Posted: 10/21/08 07:58 PM [ET]  

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.
 
 


Excerpts:

......" (James) Carville said earlier this month that “it would be very, very, very dramatic out there” if Obama lost, a statement some commentators interpreted as predicting riots.".............

........But Tate declined to describe what the worst-case scenario might look like, speaking gingerly like other police officials who are wary of implying that black voters are more likely than other voting groups to cause trouble.................

...............Shelton, of the NAACP, said he understands the need for police to maintain order. But he is also concerned that some political partisans may point their finger at black voters as potential troublemakers because the Democratic nominee is black..........

...........Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors.


Democratic strategists and advocates for black voters say they understand officers wanting to keep the peace, but caution that excessive police presence could intimidate voters................"


http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/police-prepare-for-unrest-2008-10-21.html

 



      



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