by Billy Roper
Imagine, if you will, that you attended a legal, permitted political protest. Because of circumstances out of your control, the local city government had decided to allow and even force the two contending sides together in order to spark violence. The plan was for local law enforcement to stand down, letting the situation devolve into conflict, then use that as an excuse to declare a state of emergency and cancel the protest.
You’re ordered to disperse, and leave the area. On the way out people are being maced and pepper-sprayed, attacked with flame throwers, and hit with baseball bats and mag lights and bricks all around you. It’s a running battle to get back to your car. You get separated from your friends and everyone on your side in the confusion. Fight or flight response kicks in. You’re close to panic, and just want out. You’re not…
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