I can't believe it's legal to use tear gas on protestors. According to international law, using tear gas in military conflicts is literally a war crime.

TBQH I also can't believe we live in a world which has essentially decided that war is actually ok as long as you're not *too* much of a dick about it.

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Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

All so-called "non-lethal" weapons can be lethal or cause serious injury if used incorrectly. They *are* being used incorrectly.

Tear gas cannisters carry warnings that they're not supposed to be aimed at people. Rubber bullets are intended to be aimed at the ground to only hit people after they ricochet.

US police have been aiming both of these things at people's faces. They have caused grievious injuries which I will not describe here. Even protestors standing peacefully. Even people with their hands up. Even medics and journalists.

Some people injured, weren't even protesting and were just out buying groceries

If you're going anywhere near protests, please be extremely careful.

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re: Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

@InvaderXan I have never. ever. seen a cop fire rubber bullets at the ground

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re: Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

@GreenandBlack Right? It's like they just called them "non-lethal" so they can use them without being held to account. Even the name "rubber bullets" makes them sound a lot less dangerous than they actually are.

re: Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

@InvaderXan @GreenandBlack i was reading that this is a tactic that was in full use in Chile. many protesters there are now missing eyes.

in 2014, a cop fired a gas canister at where i was standing with other medics while we were giving out water bottles. it was early in the protest and nothing was happening yet. they aimed directly at the medics, hit a comrade in the ribs, and incapacitated the rest of us. its brutal what theyre willing to do.

re: Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

@popstar @GreenandBlack This sounds *exactly* like the kind of thing I've heard and seen (in uploaded videos) in the current protests across the US. They're purposely using these things to cause harm.

Quite frankly, they all need to be held accountable for this IMO.

re: Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

@InvaderXan @GreenandBlack big boost on this

I'm pretty near certain this is why they seem to feel like they're free to open fire on people with no regard for safety, because "hey, they're not /real/ bullets, so at least I'm not killing anybody, right?"

tbh probably what led to a lot of police brutality deaths, cops thinking they can go as far as they want because at least they aren't using live ammunition

re: Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

@anadice @InvaderXan @GreenandBlack

I've heard from an off-duty cop that a normal cop uses his taser a couple dozen times in a normal month, but some, when they place it back for charging and the machine's use count shows up, register closer to 100.

And that's just the normal-times baseline.

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