The Zombies Are Here
we’ve been hearing more and more about a pending global epidemic of zombies—animated
corpses—about to run amuck in our hometowns. Periodic news stories allege that
unfriendly forces might be conducting scientific experimentation into virus and
bacteria weaponization and they tend to fuel the flames of interest in this
do many of the popular zombie series and cartoons on network and cable television,
as well the many video games, books and movies about massive swarms of “undead”
preying upon the flesh of hapless survivors. It is no longer a matter of
whether or not the zombies will appear; it’s simply become a matter of when!
officials jumped on the “undead” bandwagon last Halloween when it used the
popularity of fictional movie and television zombies to justify a mock
military-law enforcement disaster training exercise in California based upon a
zombie attack. The military issued at least one publication about the same time
to guide personnel operating in “zombie infested environments.” The Center for Disease Control used the
zombie threat to promote the need for community-based disaster preparation. Could
it be that the zombies are already here?
answer to that question depends upon how you define the term “zombie.” If it
actually requires a viral infection to manifest itself, real zombie swarms may
be a few more years in the making. If, however, we expand the definition to
include extremely dangerous and irrational criminal behavior, then we all could
be playing bit parts in the latest zombie flick.
about the offenders who slaughter their victims in bizarre ways. Absent a
virus, might not these anti-social monsters be considered “undead” in terms of
lacking any empathy or compassion for fellow human beings? If so, the zombie
“invasion force” is already in our midst.
The dreaded apocalypse has already begun and no setting is safe from
zombie-like creatures (Zomboids) pose a substantial threat to public health and
safety in Hometown, America. Zomboids can be divided
into two primary groups: the hard-core criminals who dwell totally on the “dark
side” and will stop at nothing to get whatever they want; and the increasing
number of irrational perpetrators whose bizarre behavior is influenced by
serious mental health, drug addiction, and alcohol-related issues.
is likely that zombie-like behavior will increase because there is no “magic
bullet” available to stop it. Like fictional zombies, Zomboids will most likely
never be rehabilitated. Like the TV zombies, they won’t stop preying upon
victims until they are permanently locked up or eliminated.
“out-patient” approach to mental health treatment (as opposed to the mental
health hospitalizations popular a few decades ago) doesn’t work as well as we’d
like it to work. More people seem to be “in crisis” and ready to act out
violently than ever before. Extensive media coverage of Zomboid slaughter and
mayhem might spark others to “go postal.” Our Zomboid-control measures simply
pose a significant risk to police personnel as well as to the general public. After
committing their horrible acts of slaughter, they will often engage the police
in the hopes of killing some of them before being killed themselves. Given the
multiple factors involved, the incidence of violent confrontations between the
police and the Zomboids is likely to rise. Police will find themselves in more
difficult situations because their options are often narrowed by the bizarre
behavior of the Zomboids.
don’t need any more injured or dead law enforcement officers. We do need better
trained officers and we can start that important process by admitting that the
zombie-like creatures are here in our midst. The second step involves giving
our federal, state and local police whatever tools necessary to deal with them
as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Chief James T. McBride (ret.) is a
special deputy with the Lake County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office and an instructor at
Lakeland Community College near Cleveland. He is a certified crisis
intervention officer as well as a trained terrorist liaison officer. He may be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Tactical Response, May/Jun 2014
Rating : Not Yet Rated