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Military/Law Enforcement Contractor Brought in to Train Police for NATO-G8 Protests

A contracting firm that specializes in anti-terrorism and force protection training, consulting and management services has been hired to train Cook County Sheriff’s Police in the run-up to the NATO-G8 meetings that are to be held in Chicago in May of this year.

The firm, Controlled FORCE Inc., bills itself as a “woman-owned small business” that provides a “low-liability method of subject control for law enforcement, adult corrections, juvenile justice, security, and military across the nation.” Its company profile claims it has a “unique ability to develop training curriculums and standardizations that integrate into existing programs,” which “has time and again exceeded expectations of federal, state, and local government agencies.” (FORCE stands for “first official response in a critical environment.”)

Anita Padilla, a reporter with the Fox News affiliate in Chicago recently met with Controlled FORCE staff. Controlled FORCE’s website has a photo up on the website. The reporter took the time to hear about the tactics Controlled FORCE is teaching police, who will be working the NATO/G8 protests. [Naturally, the reporter’s understanding of these tactics will make it easier for her to be sympathetic toward police when they are throwing protesters’ bodies to the ground in May. She will know that this is what they are trained to do and, if any violence happens, it is probably the fault of protesters, who were not properly submitting to the forceful arrest.]

The post with the picture describes a tactic that will likely be used to take out protesters perceived as threats:

The Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™ (M.A.C.H.) System of subject control provides the Arrest Team with a non-violent arrest control option to quickly and decisively remove individual threats before they have a chance to incite greater unrest. Using M.A.C.H. Team Arrest Tactics, no more than three Arrest Team members should be needed to restrain and remove a subject – no matter how hard the subject resists. The M.A.C.H. System allows security members to remove individual threats without using pain compliance or techniques that appear unnecessarily violent, which reduces the chance that others in the crowd will react with violence toward the arrest team.[emphasis added]

Controlled FORCE is an option for security training that takes into account how protesters widely use cell phones and video cameras now to record “crowd control” tactics police use at protests: [cont’d.]

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Kevin Gosztola

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."