Riots and how to explain them. ‘Civil dissension is a viperous worm that gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth’ (Henry VI, Part I). Samuel Johnson defined riots as : ‘ wild and loose festivity’; ‘ sedition, uproar’.
‘Civil dissension is a viperous worm that gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth’ (Henry VI, Part I)
ii) implies being against something; i) more positive: excess, insubordination, festival (literally). i) is important because some controversial theories have seen riots as the product of a ‘quest for excitement’.
Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell were found guilty: each served two years in jail. Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were cleared. All four left the police force, and have since ‘found it difficult to get work elsewhere’.
Decline of the American city as a space for the integrative activity of walking
riots are not only outbursts of anger, they may be a form of political communication, and more rational than we think, even if nobody planned them.