In spite of a slew of racially charged threats circulating across the internet, police officials say they do not expect any rioting to occur on the night of the election, no matter what the result.
“We’re not anticipating civil unrest on Election Night,” a spokesman for the Detroit police department told The Hill.
“We’re going to collect the ballots like we usually do. If a situation arises and we need to respond, we’ll respond to the scene and assess.” he added.
Police officials in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles also claimed they are not preparing for any form of civil unrest, according to the report.
Infowars broke the story Monday that innumerable Obama supporters were making it known they intended to provoke violence and mayhem if their candidate loses, aggrieved at fears that Mitt Romney will take away government handouts.
While civil rights organisations, such as the NAACP say they believe there may be nonviolent demonstrations, they too have dismissed the possibility of large scale rioting.
“The American people are more thoughtful than these I think somewhat specious predictions of disruption would seem to suggest,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
“This is not the 2008 election; an African-American is currently the president. I think people expect that when citizens cast their vote, those votes will be counted fairly.” he added.
While the police may not be gearing up for civil unrest, it is clear that the Feds have been stocking up on riot gear and vast stocks of ammo for some time now.
In July, the Department of Homeland Security issued an urgent solicitation for hundreds of items of “riot gear,” in preparation for expected unrest at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration.