(UnitedVoice.com) – The use of tear gas for civilian purposes was highly controversial in the 1960s. In the wake of violent protests across Democratic-led cities, the issue of its use has resurfaced again. Tear gas is a non-lethal riot control agent. However, it can cause pain, temporary blindness, and breathing problems. In extreme situations such as violent riots, law enforcement prefers it over other rubber bullets and personal confrontations that can lead to lasting bodily harm or even death.
In Portland, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler has banned the use of CS tear gas after more than three months of protests and riots.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves as police commissioner, has released a video saying he has ordered police officers to stop using tear gas for crowd control. pic.twitter.com/UM8xVAyD1x
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) September 10, 2020
In July, Wheeler attempted to talk with protestors but was met with fierce resistance. At one point, police used CS tear gas, and the mayor was exposed to some of its effects. CS tear gas is a chemical chlorine-containing compound. It’s one of the most common forms of tear gas employed by law enforcement.
Some groups, such as the ACLU, say CS tear gas is illegal to use in warfare, and it shouldn’t be used for riot control either. However, the US government’s position is that rioters have the opportunity to to run away and avoid the tear gas, our troops do not.
All this begs the question, what would the mayor NOW like them to do to quell the riots?
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