Riots could be sparked by presidential election, racial tensions
Police in Louisiana are preparing for “civil disturbances” as tensions over the presidential election and racial discord continue to simmer.
The Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City police and Bossier City Marshal’s Office was scheduled to conduct a joint training exercise on Thursday evening “to prepare for any possibility of civil unrest,” reports KSLA.
“Although we don’t expect civil disorder in Bossier Parish, we’re sometimes asked to go to other jurisdictions to help. That’s why we train for these things, so we can be prepared to help other agencies in their jurisdictions – or in the unlikely event of a civil disturbance in our own jurisdiction. It’s our duty to be prepared to keep the population safe in any circumstances,” said Julian Sheriff Whittington.
Louisiana is one of the most at risk states when it comes to riots and civil unrest given recent events.
Back in July, gunman Gavin Long shot dead two Baton Rouge police officers and a sheriff’s deputy in a Black Lives Matter-inspired attack. Long had posted his praise for Dallas cop killer Micah Johnson on social media shortly before the rampage.
The shooting spree occurred less than two weeks after national controversy over the death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was killed by Baton Rouge officers after a struggle.
Milwaukee was also hit by rioting last month after the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith.
Since the start of the year, police departments across the country have been buying riot gear in expectation of more Ferguson-style civil unrest sweeping the country. Police in Virginia also recently trained for civil unrest and race riots.