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The campaign to ban tear gas

by Wade Rathke September 20, 2020 Pearl River   We’ve talked about Bjorn Skogquist before, but this time we wanted to catch up with him and the Ban Tear Gas Campaign in more detail on Wade’s…

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Banning dispersants

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Bjorn Skogquist was a former mayor of one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs some fifteen miles away, when he was a young man. He did a couple of terms and went…

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Police officers pepper spray a woman next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the killing of George Floyd continue on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo)
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Federal Judge bars Denver cops from using chemical weapons on protesters

Condemns police conduct as ‘disgusting,’ “Citizens should never have to fear peaceful protest on the basis of police retaliation, especially not when protesting that very same police violence.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer  Saturday, June 6…

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Tear gas is way more dangerous than police let on — especially during the coronavirus pandemic

In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, law enforcement agencies have used tear gas in especially dangerous ways. The chemical agent also seeps into homes, contaminates food, furniture, skin and surfaces, and can cause long-term lung…

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