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20. CAUSES. Domestic disturbances are manifestations of
civil unrest or tension which take the form of demonstra-
tions or rioting. These public demonstrations or riots may
reach such proportions that civil authorities cannot maintain
law and order by usual methods. Such disturbances may be
caused by agitators, racial strife, controversies between em-
ployees and employers concerning wages or working condi-
tions, unemployment, lack of housing or food, or other
economic or social conditions. Looting of areas ravaged by
storms, fires, floods, or other catastrophes may become so
pronounced as to constitute a domestic disturbance. Public
revulsion to serious crimes and feeling against suspected
criminals may prompt groups of persons to attempt to take
the law into their own hands, thereby creating a civil
21. CROWD. A crowd is a large number of persons in a
close body, but without organization.
22. MOB. A riotous crowd is a mob. It is a crowd whose
members, under the stimulus of intense excitement, have
lost their sense of reason and respect for law.
23. SPECTATORS. Many persons in a disorderly assem-
blage of any size are spectators, attracted by curiosity. Prior
to development of mob unity, they can be persuaded to
24. CROWD CHARACTERISTICS. People assembled
in a crowd for an unlawful purpose are characteristically
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United States. War Department. Domestic disturbances, book, July 30, 1945; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96652/m1/20/: accessed March 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.