ATP document shows what the US Army can do to rioters
A declassified Army Technique Publication (ATP) from April 2014 outlines the techniques that the United States Army is taught to use against civilians around the world, and even in the United States, when demonstrations turn into riots that must be brought under control.
It is, however, important to note that the rules of engagement (ROE) in the United States are very different from that of foreign countries, and stresses that those differences must always be taken into consideration. The United States military is significantly more reserved when acting against its own system by numerous federal laws, including: provisions within the Constitution, the Insurrection Act, the Posse Comitatus Act, and several other statutes.
The ATP document states that “for the U.S. Army, conducting civil disturbance missions within the United States will vary greatly when compared to conducting civil disturbance missions within a foreign country where the U.S. Army is conducting operations”. The document also details the formation of a Graduated Response Matric (GPM) as a way to control the timing and deployment of the various weapons and methods that will be used against demonstrators. It also provides a rough example of how a GPM should be deployed in real time.
The document also contains a graph which outlines the ROE that the United States military must abide by in a riot situations. The graph shows that the “display [of’] force along with escalating the dispersal proclamation” is protocol against unarmed civilians, but the “demonstration of force” is not allowed. Civilians go from the category of “unarmed” to that of “armed” if they have “knives, clubs.” At that point, the “display [of] force along with escalating the dispersal proclamation,” highlighting of “the target pointer,” and a “demonstration of sniper precision strike capabilities” falls within ROE.
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