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Stopping Workplace Violence Before It Can Begin

Jun 27, 2019 | 17:00 GMT
Shattered doors at the Earle Cabell Federal Building in Dallas, Texas, show evidence of a shooting committed by a lone gunman on June 17, 2019. The attacker was killed by police.

The bullet-riddled glass doors of the Earle Cabell Federal Building show evidence of a shooting attack on June 17, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. The shooter was himself shot and killed after opening fire on the courthouse. No one else was injured or killed.

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A pair of images in the news media recently focused national attention on an all-too-common occurrence: Workplace violence and mass public attacks. The first, captured by a photographer from the Dallas Morning News, depicted a man outside a federal building in Dallas, Texas, dressed in black and green clothing, rifle in hand, in the midst of a shooting spree. The other, taken on a bright, sunny day in Virginia Beach, Virginia, showed sobbing survivors of a workplace shooting at the city's municipal government complex.

The Virginia Beach attacker killed 12 of his co-workers before he was killed by police. In Dallas, the gunman was the only casualty. In a recent column, Scott Stewart, Stratfor's vice president of tactical analysis, noted that while incidents of workplace violence and mass public attacks are a persistent concern, there are steps that organizations and businesses can take to stop them before they can begin. He recently discussed the topic with Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton.

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Fred Burton's Beirut Rules 

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