Over the past week or so we have seen the repercussions of out of control protesting. I think it is pretty obvious that riots are different from protesting but lets define them to be clear.
protest – a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.
riot – a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.
Protesting by no means has to calm and collective. You are standing up for something you and the people around strongly believe in. The second that destruction to personal property, people are getting injured, and in Baltimore’s case go into a state of emergency. There is an actual psychological and sociological functions that lead us to riot. This article below written by Ken Eisold PhD talks about these functions and how they come to be.