Labor disturbances due to the worldwide fight for substantial wage movement and civil unrest due to recent events that have sparked a newly energized civil rights movement will be the most closely watched events given our current economy and the political impact these causes have on future issues such as police reform, police community relations, immigration, socioeconomic classes and equality in the workforce.
Many security and intelligence analysts believe that these events pose significant security concerns given the threat of attack from violent activists groups seeking media attention. The threat of civil disorder from radical and / or passive activists, along with more conventional risk such as property damage or theft, assault, traffic congestion and unscheduled demonstrations and the reservations of enforcement from local police departments, make security and intelligence gathering at these events essential.
According to the Washington Post, in 2015, 979 people were shot dead by police. 724 of the fatal shootings followed a wide range of violent crimes, including shootouts, stabbings, hostage situations, carjackings and assaults. While the vast majority were armed with weapons that posed a threat to officers, almost 1 in 6 was unarmed or carried a toy gun. 37 of 724 were black and unarmed. Ninety-two victims — nearly a quarter of those killed — were identified by police or family members as mentally ill. About half the victims were white, half minority. But the demographics shifted sharply among the unarmed victims, two-thirds of whom were black or Hispanic. Overall, blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities when adjusting by the population of the census tracts where the shootings occurred. The media’s reporting on these incidents feeds into the national debate and already highly violate tensions that are raging out of control about police use of deadly force, especially against minorities; while enviably fueling the next Ferguson, Baltimore, Minneapolis, or Chicago riot.
Labor unions have been knocked back, knocked down and knocked out for so long that a new generation of organizers is beginning to try something new. Instead of unionizing and then protesting, they’re protesting first and conducting labor walk outs.
SSC can assist in protecting your brand continuity by:
- Providing intelligence services as to what direction the movement is headed and whom is driving it,
- Government / Law Enforcement Relations,
- Quick reaction teams,
- Emergency response armed / unarmed security guards,
- Intelligence monitors or organizations, their organizers, activists, etc.
- Removal of negative twitter postings within 1-5 minutes and
- Procurement or permit inquiries.