The Routine Activities Theory

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The unrest in Ferguson, MO is over the decision of whether or not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. This decision by a grand jury has sparked riots, protests, and general anger across the nation. Those people who agree with the rioters and/or protestors say things, such as, “Racism is still here and if you don’t think that’s true, open your eyes!” Others are quick to point out, “THE LOOTERS AND THE PROTESTORS ARE DIFFERENT PEOPLE! STOP SPREADING LIES,” (sic). Some people disagree with the violent riots and looting, saying, “Out of control,” “So sad. All of those people are so sad,” or “I don’t care what side you agreed with on the Ferguson Trial… …show more content…
The offenders were motivated by their anger and frustrations with the criminal justice system. This decision was critical to their argument, further enraging those who disagree with not just Darren Wilson, but the entire criminal justice system. Next, the motivated offenders needed an area to target their anger – a suitable target. In a city ready to either riot or escape from riots, many business were left abandoned. These people were most likely at their own homes to protect their personal valuables. With vacant buildings filled with valuables to loot from (including cash, liquor, or even food), many people saw these targets as a way to easily save money. Others just saw these abandoned buildings and vehicles as targets for vandalism that wouldn’t physically harm individuals. Finally, the offenders saw this behavior as something that they could get away with. With a lack of capable guardians, nothing and nobody was there to catch them and punish them for their looting or vandalism. The vacant stores had no actual people to prevent these crimes. If stores didn’t have cameras or any form of security system, there was a clear likelihood that there would be little police response or investigation. When poor lighting outside or inside of these buildings was added onto all of these factors, the buildings were very likely to be targeted. As if all of this wasn’t enough proof that nobody was watching, the amount of law enforcement in the large area was not enough to cover these buildings. With each car fire, break-in, or other vandalism, police were busy intervening and unable to attend to each “lesser” act of vandalism at the time. All of this created a chaos that was difficult to squash as it spun out of

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