Posted onAugust 18, 2017|Comments Off on Addressing Police Tactics at the Charlottesville Protests
On August 18, 2017; A. Benjamin Mannes appeared on an in-depth report about the Charlottesville Protests on the One America News Network. Mannes was asked to comment because of his experience as a special event security consultant and member of the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s famed Civil Disturbance Unit; who are widely considered the national benchmark on policing special events, riots, and protests. As you can see in the report, Mannes refrains from the side-taking and blame which is common in discussion about the Charlottesville protests; but focuses on the tactics (or lack thereof) of the Charlottsville and Virginia State Police in securing & controlling the event and how they measured up with both best-practices and inter-agency training.
Please watch the report below:
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Posted onJanuary 17, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: America needs a ‘Duck and Cover’ for domestic terrorism
Despite a persistent threat and great courses like the CAT Eyes Program & “Run, Hide, Fight“, there still is no standardized effort to train citizens on terrorism and what they should do if an attack were to occur. If your local law enforcement agency, school or workplace hasn’t trained you in what to do; ask them to immediately!
In the meantime, this piece examines what can be done to try and make Americans more vigilant and mentally prepared for what may occur.
Posted onJanuary 6, 2017|Comments Off on How ’60 Minutes’ got it wrong about Chicago
This piece in The Hill looks at last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment entitled “Crisis in Chicago” and discuses how their analysis fails to truly explore the cause and effect of a violent crime epidemic in Chicago that left 764 people dead within the last year.
Posted onDecember 7, 2016|Comments Off on America needs security, not the appearance thereof (The Hill)
In this week’s column in The Hill, I question America’s resolve and preparedness to address the continual rise of violence facing society. Does America learn from past attacks here and abroad, or is it collectively just trying to ‘get back to normal’? Security is an ever-evolving discipline, and leaders need to continuously evolve to protect our nation’s citizens and infrastructure.
Posted onOctober 6, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Why facts matter in police shootings
My latest piece in The Hill looks at the differences between the two lives lost in Los Angeles County this week.
“Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter” is, in my opinion a false dichotomy. As someone who grew up in both New York and Los Angeles during the crack explosion, I was taught that “No Lives Matter,” until you make a name for yourself and define how your life matters to those around you.”
PLEASE READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND SHARE IT TO GET THE FULL STORY IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS.
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Posted onOctober 1, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Due Process includes law enforcement officers
This column in The Hill focuses on public demand in our current, corrosive political climate for the premature release of evidence or legal action before the completion of an investigation. The piece examines the constitutional right to due process, which is vital to public safety and criminal justice in America. Everyone should be reminded that regardless of their political beliefs, all Americans are protected by the constitution…and a riot is no excuse for the violation of those rights.
Posted onSeptember 23, 2016|Comments Off on Lessons from Charlotte: When a protest is just a riot
This week, an non-permitted demonstration in Downtown Charlotte escalated into a mass of property damage and the murder of a protester by another protester in the crowd. The media reported this by labeling it as a “Violent Protest”. Similar labels were attached to riots in Baltimore, Ferguson and Milwaukee; but when there’s clear evidence of multiple crimes being committed during a “protest”, it’s officially defined a riot.
On September 23, 2016, my latest piece was published in The Hill that analyzes the events in Charlotte and defines this issue more clearly. To read the full story,click here.
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Posted onSeptember 19, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Words matter: How politicians politicize terror attacks
Please read and share the piece I wrote in The Hill on September 18, 2016 regarding the terror attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota over the weekend, and questions about the honesty of the language used by local political leaders to brief the public on them.
Posted onSeptember 19, 2016|Comments Off on John Cardillo Show: Ben Mannes on Police Ambushes, Terrorism and Immigration
Mannes was a guest on the John Cardillo Show on Monday, 9/19/16 to discuss two ambushes on Philadelphia Police, his recent article in The Hill entitled Background Checks: the Achilles Heel of Immigration Reform, and the recent Terrorist Attacks on New York, New Jersey and Minnesota.
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