I dunno if you remember this little number from last year:
At the Keene, NH Pumpkin Fest last year, the police (or maybe the feds) had rooftop snipers overwatching the festival. I and several other bloggers criticized them for being too gung-ho.
This year's Pumpkin Fest erupted in a drunken riot. People were throwing bottles, knocking over street signs, and overturning cars. The riot police got called out. Dozens of arrests were made and now the city is trying to figure out from social media who caused the flash mob. It appears most of the people who got violent were from out of town. As far as I could tell from the video footage, most everyone there was white.
My take-home from this:
Stay away from crowds, especially when they are drunk.
White people riot too.(well duh, look at any post-game riot)
People will travel to riot for fun. It's a bar fight writ large.
The police monitor social media (well, duh).
I still don't like the idea of sniper overwatches at public festivals.
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