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Here's a video I shot of this angry belligerent man at the Occupy Congress event outside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 17. As this guy was yelling and screaming his pants dropped, revealing his boxer shorts. He even took off his shirt even though it's winter. He threatened one of the protesters with beating him up until he resembled a box of crayons. It's a miracle that no punches were thrown.

Originally posted to Sagittarius Dolly on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  Peacekeeper training is essential (17+ / 0-)

    This shows the need for trained, experienced Peacekeepers at all OWS functions. There are a lot of angry people out there. This was a failure in nonviolent Peacekeeping techniques. People circled the guy and one even grabbed at him, inflaming the situation and making the guy defensive and angry enough to be violent. What I was trained to do is the "CLARA Technique," I learned it in a seminar with the Michigan Peace Team. It basically goes:

    C: Calm yourself, Center yourself.
    L: Listen actively. Let the person see you're listening
    A: Acknowledge what the person is saying.
    R: Respond with a point of agreement.
    A: Add additional information.

    The people surrounding this guy were all ready for a confront, which added tension. Everyone wanted to respond directly which is more confrontational. Things spiraled out of control.

    But what could have happened is everyone calmed themselves and prepared to be non-reactive to his provocations. Someone could have listened actively to the guy, then acknowledged "Yes, I understand you want to be heard, and that you wanted the other guy to be heard, and thought it was unfair how this was handled." This is usually the point where tension is reduced, the guy just wants someone to listen. Then, you add information, something like "We're all here to have our voices heard, and we need to cooperate and be brief so everyone has a chance to be heard."

    Now this CLARA method works best for verbal confrontations. More violent confronts, like what happened here, means Peacekeepers have to be prepared to group together and form a barrier. One guy did this, late in the video. He faced the guy and spread his arms, and when the guy moved around, he continued to move to place himself between the angry guy and the other protesters. This put him at extreme risk. Other Peacekeepers should have joined him and stood side by side with their arms outstretched. Violence is less likely when several people are joined together in a nonviolent action.

    •  Having myself received this training from the (4+ / 0-)

      Michigan Peace Team, I wish I could recommend 100 times.

      If you could have a dozen or so trained Peacekeepers at all major rallies, with distinctive vests denoting their special role at the event, we would minimize the chance of injury, as well as the chance that agitators might succeed in changing the public perception of things.

      Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

      by memiller on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 02:58:18 PM PST

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