Officers gear up with riot training

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Deputies in Richmond and Columbia counties are preparing for any civil unrest or overexuberant celebrating that might take place after next week's presidential election, officials confirmed Monday.

Although they were quick to say that no problems are anticipated, authorities said as many as 60 deputies will undergo an eight-hour training course Thursday -- learning crowd control and disbursement techniques.

Richmond County sheriff's Col. Gary Powell said the department will not have deputies stationed at local polling centers Nov. 4, but they will be ready to respond if necessary.

"We just want to be prepared in case something does happen, but I don't really anticipate something here," Col. Powell said.

Since shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, the department has issued road patrol deputies riot gear, including gas masks, but most have not undergone "formalized training," Col. Powell said.

Law enforcement agencies across the nation are adding officers and riot-control units and are putting SWAT teams on standby.

A story published last week in The Hill , a leading newspaper for Congress and Capitol Hill, said authorities from cities including Detroit, Oakland, Philadelphia and Chicago -- Democratic candidate Barack Obama's hometown -- plan to deploy extra police. Many believe that some blacks would be angry if Mr. Obama loses, the article said.

It's something Mallory Millender, a longtime Paine College professor and community activist, said is not likely to happen unless there is the impression that the election was stolen from Mr. Obama.

"Otherwise I think there will be jubilation," Dr. Millender said. "I absolutely don't think there will be violence and disorder in a negative sense."

Capt. Steve Morris, a spokesman for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, said that no matter which party wins the election, it will be an unprecedented event that requires added security.

"It will end in either the nation's first African-American president or the nation's first female vice president," Capt. Morris said. "It demands more preparation and a greater police presence."

His department will send about two-dozen of its Special Response Team deputies to train in Richmond County, he said.

Col. Powell said the biggest problem on Election Day might be the one they already have faced -- traffic. On Monday morning, advance voting traffic was a problem outside the Henry Brigham Center on Golden Camp Road as a large number of drivers entered and exited the parking lot.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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GR-10 10/28/08 - 08:31 am
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U.S. Army Troops To Serve As

U.S. Army Troops To Serve As U.S. Policemen?
by Chuck Baldwin
According to the Army Times (dated Tuesday, September 30, 2008), "Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT [Brigade Combat Team] will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks."
The article continued by saying, "But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
"After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one."

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ibewalkingtomemphis_ 10/28/08 - 08:37 am
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1st bct of what, g-10? There

1st bct of what, g-10? There are more than one "1st BCT"

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ibewalkingtomemphis_ 10/28/08 - 08:37 am
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I doubt if they will loot and

I doubt if they will loot and burn down Mercy ministeries

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ibewalkingtomemphis_ 10/28/08 - 08:38 am
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John Guess you have forgotten

John Guess you have forgotten the Rodney King riots or any of the big city riots. I'm not talking about a one night ball game riot!

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PTHS2 10/28/08 - 08:39 am
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They burned their own

They burned their own neighborhoods for Rodney King - I still don't understand that.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/28/08 - 08:52 am
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Then the Guvmint builds them

Then the Guvmint builds them a new house, so that they have a place befitting that new big screen TV they just got!

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yak11 10/28/08 - 09:00 am
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LOL..the best part is they

LOL..the best part is they don't burn their stuff. You know if there was a Republican looking to win big...would we be talking RIOTS? I think not.

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pointstoponder 10/28/08 - 09:14 am
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I have never seen so much

I have never seen so much stupid in one place in all my life.

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backchannel 10/28/08 - 09:15 am
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Well, it's finally starting

Well, it's finally starting to come out. All the ignorance, prejudice and race baiting. People on both sides have been bottling it up and using retoric just short of racial slurs for the whole election, but can't keep it in any longer. The comments on this and other sites are coming to a head and it only takes a story from the sheriff's department to crack the egg and see the chick hatch! The conspiracy theorists are having a field day on both sides; the CIA, the Sheriff's Department, the U.S.Army. We should ALL be ashamed of ourselves for our racial fears and intolerance to our fellow man. If you want to start your mouth talking like this ,you should put your brain in gear first!

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GR-10 10/28/08 - 09:17 am
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ibewalkingtomemphis_ 3rd

ibewalkingtomemphis_ 3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army-- check out the actual article:
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/

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ibewalkingtomemphis_ 10/28/08 - 09:18 am
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Thanks 10, I was wondering if

Thanks 10, I was wondering if it was the "rock of the marne"!

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qwerty1 10/28/08 - 09:26 am
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irst off, alot of people

irst off, alot of people leaving commits on this page, sound like they are living in a box. To think that "people" will riot if obama looses is insane. This will be a record turnout for voters, if more people turn out for mccain than obama, what reason do people have to be mad. Some of these commits are the reason why the south is so divided, people claim to be all America, until a African American is running for office. The sad thing is if you take away the color of the candidates and just look at their policies, their ideas, how they respond, and the plans they actually laid out for America, we wouldn't be having this discussion. No one would be voting for George Bush I'm sorry I mean John Mccain. Everybody wants to talk about Obama's history, which he has even talked about and addressed, but when it comes to other candidate's history, no one has nothing to say, whether its the keating 5, voting with bush, mccain having former anti-American people involved with his party, palin's pastor casting out witches, her husband being involved in a so called radical political party at one point time, using your government power illegally, spending RNC money on nonsense, must I go on.

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Piperpig 10/28/08 - 09:28 am
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You wanna see scary? Go

You wanna see scary? Go watch a Palin rally. It's like thousands of rednecks together chanting to kill anyone who doesn't look or think exacly like them. (Yes, I'm white).

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GSneed 10/28/08 - 09:31 am
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You all disgust me. So muCh

You all disgust me. So muCh hatred and division in this city that I really am beginning to think that these rumblings are the essence of "your worst nightmare". You guys are adding so much fuel to the fire. One guy on here is already prepared to shoot a Black person on Nov 4. This possible reality is beginning to show the true colors of many of you. Oh well, off with the sheets & hoods...I guess! O' spewers of hate. Even the clown below is so ready to rid the Earth of one more Black man. Geez!

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SMHwhatamessthisis 10/28/08 - 09:31 am
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This a very good idea i went

This a very good idea i went to the gun store myself and loaded up on bullets..sad to say but i am scared for my life on this day.by racist people.people are doing crazy things and i think they will be a race war they already tryin to hurt obama what a shame.

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qwerty1 10/28/08 - 09:33 am
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And for the individual who

And for the individual who some how, made it seem like if we didn't vote for mccain and palin the world would come to an end and this was a sign. First, I am a christian, raised in church my whole life, and if you where you would know, you should not make a decision for God, God doesn't make mistakes, regardless of what happens. All we can do is pray, that God's will be done and that he guides and leads the person who will be elected on Nov. 4. If we are Christians, it really shouldn't matter who is in control because we believe that ultimately God is in Control. So stop using Obama Presidency as the "end of the world" God will punish you for misleading those who are lost!

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GSneed 10/28/08 - 09:34 am
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So you dont think that fool

So you dont think that fool of a supporter with the self-inflicted, backwards "B" was a darn looney tune?! She was ready to incarcerate an innocent Black person for no reason other than pure hate. The extent that some of you will go to, to prevent the "nightmare".

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georgiagator25 10/28/08 - 09:36 am
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Christian, why are you so

Christian, why are you so moved by fear?

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georgiaboy30909 10/28/08 - 09:37 am
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Look around, the USA is

Look around, the USA is getting just as bad as Third World countries. Look at the way the Blacks try and take over things. You can not fly that flag it offends us, you can not have books or papers that are only for the white population but it is ok for us to have BET to watch, Jet, to read, Black History Month, Black Miss America, NAACP, Negro College Fund. It is getting to the point that white people are having enough. With their thinking and attitude if Obama Losses there prob will be riots in a lot of areas and Augusta can not be ruled out. They moan and groan about slavery, yet none of the ones groaning were ever slaves, and it was their own race that sold them into slavery over 200 years ago and yet they are oppressed aka to damn lazy to do what is right and get off their dead azz and be constructive rather than destructive. If you want to riot do it against the filth that comes from within your people rather than blaming others, stand up and take responsibility for you actions rather than yelling the white man made me do it. How can you even call your selves Men when you are too big of a wussy to take credit for you own actions. Get over it.

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Signal Always 10/28/08 - 09:38 am
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Who's ready to shoot a black

Who's ready to shoot a black man, GSneed? Last I checked, there's a lot of whacked out white Obama supporters as well.

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ToomuchmoneyIhave 10/28/08 - 09:39 am
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Any rioting would probaly be

Any rioting would probaly be downtown. Evans and other areas should be OK sonce most of the residents there have firearms and rioting there would not be tolerated. I can just see a riot destroying what little is left downtown. MCG moves to Athens due to the riot.

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georgiagator25 10/28/08 - 09:40 am
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You know future generations

You know future generations are gonna look at the way people act today towards race and say "Wow are fore-fathers were retarded".

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georgiagator25 10/28/08 - 09:43 am
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Wow gerogiaboy, I think that

Wow gerogiaboy, I think that it is safe to say that you are a Fool.

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ibewalkingtomemphis_ 10/28/08 - 09:45 am
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Good a time as any to start

Good a time as any to start cleaning up the country.

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GSneed 10/28/08 - 09:45 am
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Yes, GAgator, he is a PHOOL.

Yes, GAgator, he is a PHOOL. How all that is connected to Obama, I have no idea. This piece says it all...http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/27/obama.plot/index.html. Due to fear from half of you lunatics, Obama was placed under Secret Service protection in May 2007, far earlier than any other candidates.

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KingJames 10/28/08 - 09:46 am
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Should Obama lose the

Should Obama lose the elcetion, there will still be peace in America. I'm an optimist and can't help but to think that Americans will respond better than the picture painted or even hoped for by the AC. The Ac has done a lot to try to pull Obama down. Now that readers haven't fallen for it's tricks, the AC is now playing on the fear of blacks coming to power that whites obviously have. I mean, why else would they print such an insane story? And why else would a few of you state that you are arming yourselves? All this talk about race brought me to the conclusion that even those who think they are firmly on one side or the other never really know, or refuse to accept that they are forever intertwined with the other side. Take McCain's black and mullato relatives that he denies for example. They accept him, but he has nothing to do with them. Race has for too long been an issue. Give it a rest and just try to do for the common good of all Americans.

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Signal Always 10/28/08 - 09:46 am
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...and how can you be so

...and how can you be so damned sure there won't be riots, GeorgiaGator? http://tinyurl.com/6b5l6d

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georgiagator25 10/28/08 - 09:47 am
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Please people I beg you don't

Please people I beg you don't make this about race, you just show how dumb you can be. Every color on this small planet riots over one thing or another. I think that it is stupid to riot over race, but it is just as dumb when people riot after a hockey game or football game....... We as a NATION needs to wake the heck up. Who ever wins, weather you voted for them or not... PRAY FOR THEM.

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TrulyWorried 10/28/08 - 09:47 am
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All this discontent and

All this discontent and hatred that exists in this world unfortunately also shows up on this site! Opinions can be exchanged without stoking an imaginable (and hopefully) NEVER existing fire. Think about it!

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Signal Always 10/28/08 - 09:48 am
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We're not MAKING it about

We're not MAKING it about race. The LEFT is making it about race. I could care f'n less about his color. I care that he's a damn Socialist. As for McCain, I'd rather have someone like Herman Cain in the seat than McCain.

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