Conflict and Violence

Can Diversity Thwart Crime?

How can we leverage the power of diversity, one of our greatest strengths, to fight crime and violence?

First, what is diversity? I found a definition from the University of Oregon that fits my view of what diversity means when it comes to people and conflict:

Lessons Learned: The Boyd Cycle Workshop and Adaptive Leadership Methodology Brief with the Alaska State Police

“The essence of winning and losing is in learning how to shape or influence events so that we not only magnify our spirit and strength but also influence potential adversaries as well as the uncommitted so that they are drawn toward our philosophy and are empathetic towards our success.” ~Col. John Boyd

Bullies, Work Violence, and Annie Le's Murder

Workplace violence is on the rise in our country. On an average working day, three people will be murdered on the job in the U.S. One million coworkers are assaulted, and more than 1,000 are murdered every year, according to the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Homicide is the second leading cause of death on the job, after motor vehicle accidents. What is more shocking than these statistics is the fact that half of these cases go unreported.

Strategy and Tactics For Handling Dynamic Encounters Workshop September 25th 2009 Presented by Fred Leland

“The origins of human violence are complex. Thinkers, historians, and scientists have explored the issue for centuries, but answers remain elusive. The roots of a violent act are multiple, intricate, and intertwined. The mix of factors varies according to the individual and the circumstances. Understanding violence after it has occurred is difficult enough. Trying to assess a threat and keep it from being carried out is even more of a challenge.”

Common Scenario, Unpredictable Results 

Prominent Iowa football coach dies after shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa - A prominent central Iowa high school football coach has died after being shot in the school's weight room.

The family of Aplington-Parkersburg High School coach Ed Thomas said in a statement Wednesday morning that he died shortly after arriving at a Waterloo hospital.
A gunman opened fire on Thomas in the school weight room at about 8 a.m. Authorities say he was captured shortly thereafter, and is being held at the Butler County jail.

No one else was injured in the attack.

Team prepared to defuse crisis situations

Here is a great article on innovative ideas and collaborative efforts at resolving conflict. They are using this tactic for a vast array of fast moving circumstances in an effort to end without violence. Similar to hostage negotiation but for more prevalent calls as well such as domestics and  violent disturbance.  The team is designed to help deescalate tense situations and resolve them without violence if possible… Something to think about as we evolve in our professions.


Officers still hospitalized; chief describes chaotic day

The shooting of two Milwaukee officers on the south side did not end the gunfire in the city on Tuesday.

Three hours later, police say a man just released from prison that day would shoot and kill a 24-year-old man on the north side, marking at least the city's 38th homicide this year.

On Wednesday, Police Chief Edward Flynn reflected on the chaos of it all, crediting his officers' professionalism and the citizens on both sides of town who helped to bring suspects in each shooting into custody.

"It was quite a day," the chief said.

Police: Conn. man dies after Taser hit

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., June 21 (UPI) -- A 36-year-old man died in South Windsor, Conn., after being shot by a police officer with a stun gun and injuring himself on a knife he was holding, police say.

Police told the Hartford (Conn.) Courant the man confronted police officers with a knife Saturday morning and then ignored their orders to drop the weapon. No reason was reported for why the officers were called to the South Windsor home where they encountered the armed man.

Shootings show threat of 'lone wolf' terrorists

WASHINGTON — An elderly man enters a crowded museum carrying a rifle and begins shooting. A young man in Arkansas pulls outside a military recruiting office. Another man opens fire in a Kansas church.

Three chilling, unconnected slayings in less than two weeks. One gunman was a white supremacist, one a militant Muslim, one a fervent foe of abortion.

Holocaust museum: security training stopped attack

WASHINGTON — The director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says their security training helped save lives when guards quickly shot an elderly gunman who opened fire with a rifle.

Sara Bloomfield also paid tribute to a guard who was killed in the Wednesday attack. She told NBC’s “Today” show Thursday that 39-year-old officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was both a terrific professional and a warm, jovial person.

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