Last night, Milwaukee experienced the second “wilding” incident in a little over a month. In both of these incidents, groups of young adults went on a rampage, destroying property and beating people seemingly at random. Witnesses report they believe the beatings were racially motivated due to all of the victims being white, the aggressors being black, and apparently there were racial slurs being spoken or yelled at the victims while they were being assaulted.
While these types of incidents are certainly not new, they do seem to be increasing in frequency. What can you do to prevent becoming a victim yourself?
First, be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the world around you rather than walking around with proverbial blinders on. If you begin seeing small groups of people gathering and looking aggressive, leave the area.
Avoid being trapped without a good escape route. Know where you are in relation to points of egress at all times. This is good to remember no matter where you go. If there’s only one exit from an area, what are the odds that the threat will be between you and it? Plan accordingly.
If something happens, leave immediately. Don’t stick around trying to get good snapshots with your camera phone or updating your Facebook status. Get the hell out of there! Get you and your family as far away from the violence as possible. Then, when the shakes subside, post whatever you want on FB and Twitter.
If you are trying to get past or through a mob, go perpendicular to the traffic flow. You’ll move quicker and expend less energy going that route than trying to muscle your way through the pack moving in the opposite direction.
Above all, don’t be stupid. You are not Chuck Norris and this isn’t Hollywood. If you or your family are directly attacked, then by all means defend you and yours. But, the objective should be to deter the attack long enough to flee to safety, not try and show off the flashy moves you learned by watching Steven Seagal flicks. And for those who carry firearms (presumably in a legal manner), remember the applicable laws for the use of deadly force in self-defense.