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Oregon Standoff Ends and The Surrender Ritual: Saving Face, TPI's & More

by Jeff Thompson
February 2016

Crisis Negotiator Blog by Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

The standoff in Oregon has concluded on Thursday after lasting for more than a month. The following article provides a great recap of the final moments and sheds some insight into the "surrender ritual"- the concluding moments of a a crisis/hostage incident.  

The articles touches on the use of TPI's, the importance of face-saving for the subject, as well as the increasing impact that social media has- the conversations between the subject with the FBI and TPI's was broadcasted live on YouTube. 

Some snippets from the article: 
 

  • The end came with breath-holding moments as a Nevada state legislator and a North Carolina evangelist worked with FBI negotiators to keep the last anti-government protester from killing himself.
  • Over the next five hours, the public listened as the holdouts negotiated with the FBI. An ally of the group broadcast the real-time drama via an open phone line carried on YouTube, with more than 60,000 people eavesdropping at one point.
  • "If everybody says 'hallelujah,' I'll come out," he said. He mentioned having a cookie and cigarette while the negotiators considered his request.
  • The four eventually agreed they would surrender in the morning – but only in the company of Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and evangelist Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association named for his father.


Read the full article [HERE]. 

Biography


Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor at Lipscomb University, researcher, mediator, and trainer. He is also involved in crisis and hostage negotiation as well as a law enforcement detective. His research includes law enforcement crisis and hostage negotiation in terrorist incidents. He received his doctorate from Griffith University Law School having researched the impact nonverbal communication has in conflict situations with respect to developing rapport, building trust, and displaying professionalism.

Dr. Thompson has presented and trained on the topic of conflict, mediation, (crisis and hostage) negotiation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally for a variety of audiences including police personnel, government officials, judges, attorneys, physicians, sales people, business professionals, and both graduate and undergraduate students. He has also been published in numerous professional and academic publications.

He is the co-chair of ACR's national Crisis Negotiation Section, and he is an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple academic journals. He received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute, Creighton University School of Law.

(All posts by Jeff Thompson represent his personal reflections and opinions and not that of any organization.)



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