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PoliceMag.com 35 memorial in a public park. In the weeks leading up to the demonstration, Antifa groups online advertised the day as "e Battle for Charlottesville," and touted ral- lying cries for Antifa members to flock to Charlottesville. As the two groups con- verged throughout the day of the event, predictable violence and mayhem en- sued, and tragically one protestor was killed when a white nationalist allegedly drove his car into a crowd of protesters. IDENTIFYING THEM IN THE CROWD To effectively identify criminal Antifa members among authentic protestors and demonstrators, officers need to know their common traits and physical identi- fiers. A common symbol utilized by Antifa is the "Anarchy A," which is composed of a capital letter "A" within a circle. Officers may see this image in the form of graffiti, but more often as a body tattoo. Another common Antifa tattoo consists of the let- ters "ACAB," which stand for All Cops Are Bastards. e black flag of anarchy also ad- vertises the presence of criminal-minded Antifa members. e flag may appear as solid black or as a red and black divided rectangle, and it is often hoisted in the air on flag sticks amid protesting crowds. Typically, Antifa employs a common mode of dress, which is part of a tactic fre- quently called "Black Bloc." In the "Black Bloc" stratagem, throngs of Antifa mem- bers all dress in black clothing in an effort to appear as a unified assemblage, giving 222 X - C A L I B U R TM The X-Calibur works with your body's natural mechanics, incorporating the Science of Human Factors to produce a secure, fast, and intuitive duty holster. pointblankenterprises.com from another. Antifa ad- herents also often wear dark-colored bandanas tied loosely around their necks, which can be used as makeshift gas masks to rebuff chemical muni- tions should they be de- ployed by police. ese facial coverings also con- ceal the wearer's identity. Criminal Antifa sects normally attempt to comingle in genuine protest demonstrations, and are known to wear their "Black Bloc" monochromatic uniform underneath outer clothes, so as not to immediately stand out in the crowd. Officers should also scan for backpacks, which may con- ceal containers of broken glass, acid-filled projectiles for throwing, or cans of spray paint for vandalism. Antifa is also known to pre-stage hidden caches of improvised weaponry in the area of a planned protest or demonstration, to be easily accessible by their riotous members. ese everyday items used as weapons often include vehi- cle lug nuts, golf balls, hammers, broken glass, and "smilies"—bandanas looped through padlocks and violently swung at enemies. DEALING WITH ANTIFA It is important to understand that not ev- ery public protest or demonstration will attract an element of Antifa. e types of demonstrations most commonly attend- ed by Antifa groups include those against environmentally harmful practices, those against gentrification, anti-police rallies, right-wing political events, and most re- cently those contesting the removal of Confederate war monuments. When you must deal with Antifa, a few key focal points are crucial. First, know that you will be recorded. Antifa members most often surrepti- tiously video and audio record their in- teractions with police forces in an effort to capture some demonizing interchange freeinfo.policemag.com/764207 Black and red colors on flags and clothing are clear signs of anarchists in a crowd. Antifa uses the same markings. PHOTO: KORY FLOWERS

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