A fatal shooting of a young man led to rioting in London as citizens reacted to the death of Mark Duggan with violence and mass protest, according to the BBC.
While the death of Duggan was the main cause of the rioting, there were several other factors as well. A general anger and animosity against the government, high unemployment numbers and the growing gap between the rich and poor were among the many reasons that London residents took to the streets, the news outlet reported.
The state of the English economy and general unrest present in that society have shed light on possible reactionary movements that could spread to the U.S. It is important that Americans know how to handle themselves in a similar situation, if the authorities are unable to gain control.
Advice for how to stay safe during rioting was released by London police following the first incidents. The organization expressed concern that citizens need to avoid unnecessary travel, give the emergency services room to operate and stay out of public areas where individuals may become vulnerable, according to a police bulletin.
Citizens should stay in contact with family and friends, and should carry items like cell phones and identification with them at all times, noted London police.