We Should Be Talking About How Dangerous Tear Gas Is

August 14, 2014 9:11 PM

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The world watched in horror as a militarized police force trained their weapons on protestors in Ferguson, MO last night. And while the majority of coverage focused on the assault and sniper rifles, tanks and other military-grade weaponry, one dangerous aspect has escaped as much attention: tear gas.

“I had to go back for my sister,” explained 18-year-old Travis Hollins, who ripped off his shirt as tears streamed from his eyes. His 21-year-old sister had fallen near a tear gas canister, he explained, so he had run back into the fray to help her.

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