‘Whatever Force Is Necessary’: Police Union Bosses Say What Needs To Be Done To Quell Riots

‘Whatever Force Is Necessary’: Police Union Bosses Say What Needs To Be Done To Quell Riots


Two police union executives from different parts of the country said proactive policing, arrests and overwhelming force are the most effective means to end large riots throughout the country.  Both union bosses spoke to the necessity of non-lethal munitions and chastised a recent decision from the Portland mayor to ban the use of tear gas on violent demonstrators.  Vice president of Sergeants Benevolent association Vincent Vallelong said the successful removal of a New York City encampment in July set the tone for a reduction in unrest in the city. Vice president emeritus of the International Union of Police Associations Dennis Slocumb drew on his experience as a deputy in the 1992 Los Angeles riots to encourage using overwhelming force. 

Two police union executives said that in order to curb rioting, looting and mass violence, officers must be proactive, can’t hesitate to make arrests and must employ overwhelming force or the unrest will fester.

Vice president emeritus of the International Union of Police Associations Dennis Slocumb and vice president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association Vincent Vallelong told the Daily Caller News Foundation in interviews that riots are out of hand and require aggressive countermeasures.

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