What Tear Gas Does to Its Victims

Tear gas is banned for use in warfare by the Geneva Convention. It's allowed, however, to be used by police as "domestic riot control," as seen in protests in Turkey, Bahrain, and now Ferguson, Missouri. Here's what you need to know about tear gas: What it is, and what it does to the human body. » 8/14/14 11:37am 8/14/14 11:37am

Incredible drone video shows Ukraine's riot battlefield from above

A drone films protesters clashing with police forces as tires and Molotov cocktails burn in Kiev's Independence Square. The battle has started again, after yesterday's failed truce. At least 75 have been killed on since last Tuesday, according to Ukraine's government officials. » 2/21/14 11:20am 2/21/14 11:20am

Be Ready for 2012 with This Crowd-Busting Riot Shield Table

Whether the Mayans were right or not, the world is quickly going to hell in a hand basket—rioting across the globe, from the middle East to the middle of London. Be prepared to defend you and yours with the "In Case of Riot" coffee table. » 12/22/11 11:40pm 12/22/11 11:40pm

UK Police Will Squash Rioters by Blinding Them...With Lasers

Paranoid about future unrest after this summer's riots in the UK, the British went and developed a laser rifle which can project a wall of light and temporarily blind a pack of rioters. » 12/12/11 9:33am 12/12/11 9:33am

How Riot Gear Has Changed Over the Years

While the behavior of riot police may not have become any more sophisticated since they were cracking skulls during the '60s, their equipment has. » 12/05/11 8:54am 12/05/11 8:54am

The Best Way to Watch a Polish Riot Is via Remote Helicopter

It's Polish Independence Day, and like in any other country, the youngins love celebrating liberty by destroying things. German (?) and Polish "youths" butted heads with (and threw things at) riot cops in Warsaw. Check out the view from above. » 11/14/11 7:20pm 11/14/11 7:20pm

Here's the Stun Grenade Police Tossed at Oakland Protestors

Americans are occupying more than Wall Street, and some cops are clamping down way harder than those in Manhattan. In Oakland, riot police attacked with tear gas, rubber bullets, and, most vividly—flash bangs. Meet the M84 stun grenade. » 10/26/11 7:20pm 10/26/11 7:20pm

Riot-Busting Backpack Scorches Your Face and Dyes You Blue

If you're rioting/looting/celebrating the victory of your local ballgame squad, and you see a cop with one of these—run in the opposite direction. The Crowd Buster is well-named, firing five gallons of pepper spray up to 150 feet. » 9/01/11 4:20pm 9/01/11 4:20pm

MI5 Is Now On the Hunt For British BBMers

As the saga of London rioting and social media blocking continues, the British government is calling in the spooks. They're now summoning MI5 and GCHQ to help not block but track the messages that might be the root of the trouble. Christ. » 8/16/11 1:20pm 8/16/11 1:20pm

Police Used Facial Recognition Software To ID Suspects in UK Riots

We recently talked about how facial recognition technology was taking a turn for the scary and was being used to identify people in real life. That terrifying tech has already been used by cops and others in the London riots. » 8/15/11 8:30pm 8/15/11 8:30pm

Phones Stolen In the UK Riots Will Be Blocked From Networks

Just in case you were thinking of buying one of those 40 iPhone 4s that were most likely looted in the UK riots and put on Craigslist, don't—UK networks are blocking all stolen phones, so they'll be worthless. » 8/11/11 10:50am 8/11/11 10:50am

UK Riot Destruction: Before and After

As mobs run the streets of London (and elsewhere) breaking glass, faces, and other various objects, Google might for some time be the best image of the pre-rampage city. Street View provides this incredibly striking comparison. » 8/09/11 2:20pm 8/09/11 2:20pm

Sales of Aluminium Baseball Bats Up 5,000% on Amazon After UK Riots

Aluminium baseball bats aren't the only weapon of defence that's proven popular on Amazon UK—wooden baseball bats are also up by 3,600 per cent; military police batons up by 5,000 per cent and the Zumba DVD workout set is up 342 per cent, which probably isn't related to the UK riots of the last few days. [Amazon UK » 8/09/11 12:20pm 8/09/11 12:20pm

BlackBerry's Site Hacked After RIM Vows to Help Bring BBM-Using Rioters…

There's been talk over how the UK rioters have been using BBM as a means to organize the troublemaking that's plagued London and UK cities the last three nights. In an act of retaliation, RIM's Inside BlackBerry blog's been hacked. » 8/09/11 10:50am 8/09/11 10:50am

Teenager Arrested for Inciting Riots on Facebook

A 16-year-old's been arrested in Glasgow, Scotland, for attempting to kickstart a riot via Facebook, to match England's riots. While it's not yet known if his/her efforts will spark any trouble, Facebook has at least taken the page down. [TheDrum] » 8/09/11 9:42am 8/09/11 9:42am

Scenes from a Riot: Electronics Stores Sacked by British Looters

While the majority of the damage caused by rioters and looters was contained to London, the madness spread to Liverpool, Birmingham and other English cities, with electronics chains being the worst hit. » 8/09/11 6:45am 8/09/11 6:45am

Can You Identify Any of the London Rioters?

A website's sprung up in the wake of the London riots appealing for people to upload photos of the rioters and looters, plus identify others. It's a little buggy, but with any luck through the power of social media, these people can be brought to justice. [London Rioters via @Jopkins] » 8/09/11 5:40am 8/09/11 5:40am

Looters Set Fire to Sony Distribution Center

At midnight, the mob rule that's descended over London and parts of the UK decided to attack the Sony distribution center in Enfield, North London, with local Tommy Thompson telling the BBC how looters stole items including "Wii consoles." » 8/09/11 4:30am 8/09/11 4:30am

Video: Hackney Woman Stands Up To London Rioters In Stirring Speech…

A Hackney woman stood up to rioters and gave them a piece of her mind in a video shot by Matthew Moore. In her own way, she told the small crowd to get off the streets and stop the rioting. [Matthew Moore via Good] » 8/09/11 12:24am 8/09/11 12:24am

A Map of Every London Riot Zone

Bad things are happening in England. Angry kids are smashing, burning, and bottle-throwin' their way through London and its suburbs. Right now. Are you in London? Are you near London? Are you worried about London? See where the trouble's percolating. » 8/08/11 7:25pm 8/08/11 7:25pm