Veteran street cop Loren Christensen explores one of the most frightening yet fascinating occurrences of modern society: riots. In Riot, Christensen leads you deep inside angry mobs and brings you along with the cops who clash head-to-head with them in the streets to show you in riveting detail what a riot is, how and why it happens, who participates and what it feels like to be in the middle of one. You will learn about:
Through his own experiences as a military and big-city police officer on the front lines of riots; interviews with protestors, cops, reporters, prison guards and a host of other players; and the words of experts on crowd psychology and mob violence, Christensen paints a graphic portrait of the riot experience in the streets of America and around the world.
In this thought-provoking and highly entertaining book, retired police officer Loren Christensen paints a vivid picture of the asphalt world of flesh and fantasy where hookers, tricks, and cops commingle, and sometimes collide.
The stories in this book- told by cops and prostitutes themselves- reveal the dark humor, poignancy, sadness, sordidness, and violence that company the world's oldest profession. Some will make you laugh out loud, others will make you wince, a few may offend you, but all will educate you about the reality of street prostitution.
One of the most important lessons in here for cops is that, far from being a victimless crime, prostitution (and the other crimes associated with it) affects everyone in one way or another. You don't learn this stuff in the police academy.
"A ground-breaking examination of what it takes to perform, cope and survive in the toxicity of deadly combat as a soldier in a foreign land and a police officer in the mean streets of urban America." It really is all that, and more..."
"Outstanding isn't a strong enough word to describe it. If you are a soldier, a police officer, a martial artist, the holder of a concealed weapons permit, or just live in a bad neighborhood you really ought to read this book. Both authors really know what they're talking about, clearly able to articulate hard won wisdom in this well-written and comprehensive tome.
Their thought-provoking, insightful work definitively examines every aspect of the psychology and physiology of deadly conflict.
Many people in America think that gang violence is concentrated in the inner cities of New York, Los Many people in America think that gang violence is concentrated in the inner cities of New York, Los Angeles and other isolated metropolitan areas. They are mistaken, says Loren Christensen, a veteran Portland, Oregon, gang-enforcement officer.
After completing Skinhead Street Gangs, Christensen went back to the streets to see what's happening with gangs. He found that gangs are everywhere and are here to stay - in the big cities and small towns, in the suburbs and the rural areas, on both coasts and in the heartland. His research also showed that gangs are equal-opportunity destroyers. Their members - and victims - are white, black, Hispanic and Asian. His most disturbing discovery was that gangs are nastier than ever. Ten years ago gangbangers fought with fists, clubs and pistols. Now they have lots of incredible firepower, and they don't think twice about using it.
Here, Christensen lets gang members, former gang members and street cops tell you in their own words how gangbangers think, why they are so violent, who they target and what (if anything) can be done to curb the growth of gangs in America.
There is a truth in the world of hand-to-hand combat that too many martial artists aren;t aware of or refuse to believe: Every time you discover a sure-thing technique, one that makes all your training partners groan and writhe in agony, there exists out there in the mean streets, a host of people who won t feel it. People like these: *
Attackers with large muscle bulk or large fat bulk, * Attackers intoxicated on alcohol, * Attackers under the influence of drugs, * Attackers out of control with rage, * Attackers who are mentally deranged, * Attackers who feel pain but like it.
This book isn't about working out with a training partner it s about surviving a desperate street attack against a nightmare who doesn t acknowledge what you thought was your best shot.
"When I first came on the Portland PD," says Officer Loren Christensen, "skid row was a Wild West show nearly as insane as Saigon, where I had just spent a year. Its wine-soaked streets were teeming with drunks, dopers, jackrollers, pimps, crazies, fighters and killers, all crammed into a filthy 12-square-block area where violence was an hourly event and death loomed nearly every bloody night."
With honesty and flair, Christensen offers a rare curbside glimpse into the gritty urban world of skid row. In this colorful tribute to the cops who have worked skid row, as well as the characters who have lived there, Christensen preserves for all time that place where, for decades, man's inhumanity to man revealed itself in a million sordid stories.
From training tips and first person accounts by officers who have survived deadly threats, to the impact on the officers' familes and traumatic incident debriefings, this remarkable book offers a wealth of information about deadly force encounters. It is a must read for officers, command staff, mental health professionals and citizens.
Shocking personal accounts of officers and their families
The Survival Triangle: Physical, legal, psychological
The nature of police work and violence
Mastering the psychobiology of fear
Perceptual, memory and cognitive distortions during traumatic events
The 4 R's of deadly force training
Recognition and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
Making yourself stress resistant
The four tyupes of traumatic incidents
Helping officers' families
Administrative guidelines for agencies
Peer support recommendations
Guidelines for investigators on investigating shootings and interviewing officers
The components of a comprehensive officer survival program
From a Review:
"This book is about the nature of combat; it is not an instruction manual about specific techniques. Instead of techniques, the book is filled with truths about mental preparation and the winning attitude.
"There are two major, and few shorter chapters in the book. The main chapters discuss training mainly from instructor's point of view, and defense against deady threat. These two chapters cover about two thirds of the book. In other chapters Christensen presents main principles and concepts of combat, discusses the nature of combat, tells how to create witnesses, and so on. The text is filled with humor and witty cop stories from real life, making the book fun to read.
"I think that while reading the book can be useful to anyone interested in real-life self defense, it is self defense instructors who benefit most from it. And everyone can have a good time reading it."
Whether you re a law enforcement officer wanting to improve your edge or a martial artist wanting to expand your knowledge of street proven techniques, you will find Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest and Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior is filled with invaluable information.
Written by a retired cop and high-ranking martial artist who survived all that the mean streets threw at him while working patrol, gang enforcement and dignitary protection, Defensive Tactics goes beyond what is taught in the academy, officer's in-service training, and what is allowed by the administration. BONUS: Includes a chapter on proven ways to control a suspect on the ground written by LAPD officer Mark Mireles, an MMA coach, police academy trainer, and wrestling champ.
Skinhead Street Gangs reveals a subculture of young racist skinheads who harass, intimidate, assault, and kill because of the victim's skin color, sexual preference, and religion.
Learn about skinheads' philosophy, clothing, tattoos, music, houses, weapons, and hate targets. How are skinheads associated with the KKK, militia, religious extremists, and Aryan Nations? Learn how they want to take over part of the United States. Should we be concerned about anti-racist skinheads? What can communities do? How can the police prepare for a skinhead march or rally?
Whether you are a concerned citizen or in law enforcement, you need to know about the proliferation of these urban terrorists. This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind text, will enlighten and frighten you.
Skinhead Street Gangs has been used as a reference for a motion picture and three major television documentaries.
The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion.
The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Grossman's controversial thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young.
On Killing is an important study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.
Bestselling author of over 50 books, retired cops Loren W. Christensen asked men and women in uniform—police officers, sheriff deputies, SWAT, command, correction officers, and MPs—to convey their experiences with the paranormal. These are veteran officers that have been there and done that, but on one or more occasions they were confronted with the unexplained ...
Here are some of the stories within.
Vanished Hospital Morgue
Trapped The Man In The Window
Dead Man Walking The Stabber
Dead Man's Cane The Faceless Mannequin
A Touch Of Thanks White Eagle
The Snitch Strange Place
The Couple Forest Lawn Cemetery
The Warning Scratches
The Light A Sign In Twisted Metal
Wrong Number The Voice
Ghost Prisoner Shot Four Times
Tower 7 Paranormal In The News
Close Encounters Of The Second Kind
Pocket-sized book that highlights the characteristics of the various street gangs: black, white, hispanic, Southeast Asian, and Hispanic.