Crowd Control Chemicals

Article in this mornings Minneapolis StarTribune about the use of tear gas, CS gas, rubber bullets., 37mm gas rounds. Evidently the protestors are complaining that the use of tear gas is irritating to the eyes and nose. They demand the police and other law enforcement agencies immediately stop using this.


Gee it the stuff works like it should.

Easy fix don’t ‘peacefully’ riot / or burn others things down & the police won’t use it.

Simple when you think about it.


“Think” being the key word Pete.

same thing about the french GLI F4 grenade
the only crowd control grenade containing an HE charge+CS powder
people wounded demand to stop these but 99/100 of these people are wounded because they pick up to returne these to the police
so same response as PetedeCoux :non violent ,no use of law enforcement force

Ron White said it best when he said: You can’t fix stupid! Stupid is forever.

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Yes, Stupid…and Snowflake as well.

All of the many things to complain about, the use of a relatively mild irritant/lachrymatory agent in small amounts in open air really isn’t high on the list.

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Often times the complaints are not from the rioters, but from the homes and businesses that law enforcement is actually trying to protect, or even outside of the area of the riots. The active ingredient in CS is 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile, and it doesn’t just go away once the riot is over. It is fairly persistent in nature and does not break down environmentally for a significant amount of time. Plus it frequently will travel as smoke or vapor a significant distance, sometimes detectable over a mile away. Distributed as a smoke, it attaches itself to fibers and can be pretty difficult to decontaminate and remove. If it enters your home through vents or open windows it lodges in your carpets, upholstery and can even adhere to the paint on your walls. If it gets in your vehicle you may never get the odor out. Cleanup costs can be extensive.
Of greater concern is that the gas is designed to be a powerful temporary irritant, particularly to the lungs and mucus membranes. While it is fantastic for the purpose intended, it can be damaging even in miniscule amounts for the very young, elderly and those with lung issues. Much like the old military concerns with chemical weapons, the on-scene commander needs to determine the effect not only on the opposition, but on friendly forces and non-combatants as well. Things are seldom as simple as they seem.