Monday, March 30, 2020

ICYMI: 5-hour prison hostage standoff in Ireland ends after candy bar exchange

Irish authorities were able to resolve an inmate hostage hours-long standoff at a prison with a chocolate candy bar.

The ordeal at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise on Saturday began with one inmate being taken hostage by two other inmates who barricaded themselves in a cell. One of the inmates was armed with a weapon, the Irish Post reported. (Video Via Fox News)

The Prison Officers’ Association said that the prisoners' list was "unclear," although they did demand drugs and "no more sleeping on mattresses." They also asked for tobacco, Swiss rolls, and Mars bars.

...This isn't the first time that officers have reached the "F@ck it, let's try giving him a snack" stage of crisis negotiation. Last July, an Oklahoma man refused to stop for an officer who was trying to pull him over for making an illegal turn. Robert Scott instead fled to his trailer and barricaded himself inside.

Read the article at Vice News [HERE]. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Kidnapping suspect charged after morning hostage situation in Tupelo

... According to Tupelo Police, Doss initially refused to come outside to talk with officers. The SWAT team and a negotiated were called to the scene.

Ninety minutes later, Doss released the two women unharmed and surrendered to police. The two hostages stepped out of the home into police custody, along with the suspect. No one was injured during the standoff.
Read the full story at [HERE]

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Talk Less. Listen More. Here’s How.

Sharpen those listening skills and take some time to read about this perspective

Lessons in the art of listening, from a C.I.A. agent, a focus group moderator and more.

When was the last time you listened to someone? Really listened, without thinking about what you wanted to say next, glancing down at your phone or jumping in to offer your opinion? And when was the last time someone really listened to you? Was so attentive to what you were saying and whose response was so spot on that you felt truly understood?

... Research indicates that when people who don’t know each other well ask each other these types of questions, they feel more connected than if they spent time together accomplishing a task.

Read more from the NY Times [HERE].