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Tear Gas and Pepper Spray Can Be Deadly, But the U.S. Won’t Regulate Police Use

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SOURCE: In These Times

“While tear gas and pepper spray are banned from use in war by an international treaty, domestic use is legal and nearly ubiquitous in the United States.”

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Despite widespread use, chemical agents sold for police purposes aren’t monitored by any federal agency.

BY Terry J. Allen

This article was originally published by In These Times on April 3, 2000. Although this investigation was written 20 years ago, police and other law enforcement continue to use and misuse pepper and tear gasses on peaceful protesters in violation of manufacturers’ regulations and international treaties. Support for this article was provided by the Fund for Constitutional Governmen​t.

The tons of tear gas and pepper spray munitions Seattle police used on demonstrators and bystanders alike at the anti-WTO demonstrations last December contained chemicals implicated in lung problems, eye damage and even death. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the effects of these chemical weapons are not always confined to 15 or so minutes of intense pain and incapacitation. According to manufacturers’ documents, military research and medical literature, each of these agents carries short- and long-term health risks; various formulations contain potential carcinogens.

Tear gas and pepper spray cause health problems even when used within guidelines on healthy people. But in Seattle, as elsewhere, law enforcement violated manufacturers’ warnings and inevitably sprayed vulnerable populations such as people with diabetes, asthma, allergies or heart problems, as well as pregnant women, children and the elderly. “It was like a war zone,” says Russell Sparks, a student from Bellingham, Washington, who helped block a Seattle intersection on December 1. “The police rolled up in humvees, and I heard the clink, clink of cops jogging toward us. Within seconds the area was filled with gas and the air was pure white all around. I coughed and coughed. I felt like I was on fire, my friend and I both became hysterical. He fell down. A middle-aged man near me passed out, eyes open, shaking, dry heaving, twitching in the shoulders. A woman passed out face down. I tried to help but my eyes were burning and I was screaming for medical help.”

Three days later, Sparks still felt “serious flu symptoms, phlegmy, tired, fatigued, problems with eyes focusing, burning, slightly nauseous. I felt like it went into every pore.” He wasn’t alone. The persistence and severity of symptoms widely reported by demonstrators and hapless bystanders gave rise to speculation that some “mystery gas” had been used. Rumors of nerve gas spread like a toxic cloud across the Internet.

The truth is that tear gas and pepper spray alone can cause temporary blindness, respiratory problems, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and disorientation. Symptoms may linger for days in otherwise healthy individuals. Out of 187 North Carolina corrections officers exposed to pepper spray under controlled conditions for training purposes, according to Duke University Medical Center study, eight had symptoms persisting for more than a week, including eye problems, chest problems, headaches and disorientation.

More seriously, reports by the Army and in prestigious medical journals have warned of respiratory arrest, pulmonary edema, and acute elevations in blood pressure associated with risk of stroke and heart attack. Military and industrial sources also point to the possibility of cancer, birth defects and DNA damage from these chemical weapons.

While tear gas and pepper spray are banned from use in war by an international treaty, domestic use is legal and nearly ubiquitous in the United States.   READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

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Victory: Court Dismisses Case Against Disabled Veteran Arrested After Lawful Purchase of Canned Iced Tea, Aerosol Bug Spray & Razor Blades

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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — In a victory for common sense and moderation in how police carry out security protocols, a general district court has granted The Rutherford Institute’s request to dismiss the government’s case against a disabled war veteran who was arrested and charged with a crime after he lawfully purchased cans of Arizona iced tea, aerosol bug spray, a light bulb, and razor blades, all of which were on the City of Charlottesville’s list of temporarily prohibited, potentially “dangerous” items.

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John Miska, a disabled war veteran, was charged with violating a City ordinance prohibiting potentially “dangerous” items. Incidentally, the veteran’s guns (not among the list of prohibited items) caused no alarm. In throwing out the charges against Miska, the court ruled that the provision of the ordinance used to justify Miska’s arrest is overbroad and unreasonable and, therefore, unenforceable.

Elliott M. Harding of Harding Counsel PLLC, assisted The Rutherford Institute with Miska’s case.

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From John Leckrone: This is public, judicial and constructive notice.

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John Leckrone

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“Remember there are only 4 things an all capital letters name can be. 1. A ship. 2. A corporation. 3. A dead body. 4. A slave. Look at all of “YOUR” papers and bills from “government”. JOHN LECKRONE is not me, it is the title to a cestui que vie trust. The social security number is the number to that trust. This is what the corporations are going after. When walking into a courtroom you are walking onto a foreign pirate ship in dry dock and are considered to be all four items listed above. You are considered to be a PERSON with duties and responsibilities and not a man or a woman with unalienable rights.”

 

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Some people simply cannot handle the truth regarding the police and sheriff’s as being part of a criminal cabal. Most people have convinced themselves with the help of a lot of state run propaganda that the policy enforcement officers (off eye seers) and sheriff’s (shire rives) are the “good” guys.

When people like me point out the nature of the system and that these criminals with costumes, badges and guns are agents of corruption of a country wide extortion racket we are blackballed. Most people are statists who believe that they have benevolent masters. Who makes the best slaves? Those who do not recognize their slave status. Thus they consider us to be crazy when we challenge their deeply held beliefs and expose them to truth.

Yes I am anti “cop” because I know what every one of them are. I have explained it to each of you several times on my timeline here on facebook. Yet that does not make me anti law which is the perception. It makes me anticorruption and antiracketeering. There is a difference between legal and lawful and just because doing something may be illegal that does not necessarily make it unlawful. Also just because something legal under the color of law that does not make it lawful if it is causing harm.

This deeply held conviction of mine sometimes costs me “friends” which is the reason for me now writing this article here. I am tired of being seen as the bad guy because I know the truth and do not worship at the alter of the thin blue line. I refuse to kiss the boots of tyrants acting under the color of law. I instead expose these people in uniform for their crimes in the hopes that maybe one day people will stand together to take back their rights to live in peace instead of fear and perhaps a few of these criminals will change their ways and wake up to their actual job title of mafia enforcer. On that same note though I am very much in favor of peace officers whose only job is to keep the peace and protect people’s unalienable right’s and property. Make absolutely no mistake, sheriff’s and police officers are not peace officers and if asked bluntly will admit this fact.

Finding a man or woman who is actually a peace officer is like looking for a pin in a haystack. Even the “good” cops usually commit several common law felonies every day while “doing their job”. The few people who I have heard about that go out of their way not to plunder from the general population on behalf of their masters find themselves working lousy jobs and passed over for promotions and in some cases even fired. Their “crime” being that of having a conscience and a moral compass.

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Judge Rules Administrative Court System Illegal After 81 Years

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“The following Federal Court ruling opens Pandora’s Box per lower court authority / conflicts of interest to rule on or be involved in broad judicial court matters involving you.

In effect it helps protect “you” from being run through the mill by local “administrative” courts. Their “authority” to do so is brought into question if not nullified by the following Federal Court ruling.

The Battle for individual protection under the law from the abuses of local government “Administrative” courts begins.. Please share with those that would have an interest in these matters.”

Sent FYI from,

Walter Burien – CAFR1.com

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Well it has been a long time coming, but all along there have been discussions behind closed doors (never in public) that the Administrative Law Courts established with the New Deal were totally unfounded and unconstitutional. With the anniversary of Magna Carta and the right to a jury trial coming up on June 15 after 800 years, the era of Roosevelt’s big government is quietly unraveling.

A federal judge’s ruling against the Securities and Exchange Commission for using its own Administrative Law judges in an insider trading case is perhaps the beginning of the end of an alternative system of justice that took root in the New Deal. Constitutionally, the socialists tore everything about the idea of a Democracy apart. It was more than taxing one party to the cheers of another in denial of equal protection. It was about creating administrative agencies (1) delegating them to create rules with the force of law as if passed by Congress sanctioned by the people; (2) the creation of administrative courts that defeated the Tripartite government structure usurping all power into the hand of the executive branch, as if this were a dictatorship run by the great hoard of unelected officials.

Not discussed in the coverage of this story is that the Administrative Law Courts are a fiefdom, to put it mildly. They have long been corrupt and traditionally rule in favor of their agencies, making it very costly for anyone to even try to defend themselves. If someone were to attempt this feat, first they have to wear the costs of an Administration proceeding and appeal to an Article III court judge, then they must appeal to the Court of Appeals, and finally plea to the Supreme Court. The cost of such adventures is well into the millions, and good luck on actually getting justice. More

POLICE: “SCAPEGOATS”, “SITTING DUCKS”, OR BOTH?

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strip bannernew-logo25Douglas Kinan

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“Based on my direct knowledge, the United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ”) role in perpetuating the racial divide in America is huge and for some strange and unexplainable reason, the DOJ is determined to keep it that way”.

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Any reasonable person knows that frontline police have one of the most difficult and dangerous, if not the most difficult and dangerous job in society. They place their lives on the line every working minute of every working day, never knowing if they’re going home, to the hospital or to the morgue.

Because of a few “bad apples” frontline police across America are getting slammed.

Keeping the police in the cross hairs is for the worst of all reasons: politics, money, budgets, greed, ego and cowardice.

Essentially and unfortunately, two mishandled grand jury decisions and spinmeisters for profit have resulted in police now becoming “scapegoats” and “sitting ducks.” More

POLICE: “SCAPEGOATS”, “SITTING DUCKS”, OR BOTH?

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strip bannernew-logo25Douglas Kinan

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Any reasonable person knows that frontline police have one of the most difficult and dangerous, if not the most difficult and dangerous job in society. They place their lives on the line every working minute of every working day, never knowing if they’re going home, to the hospital or to the morgue.

Because of a few “bad apples”,  frontline police across America are getting slammed.

Keeping the police in the cross hairs is for the worst of all reasons: politics, money, budgets, greed, ego and cowardice.

Essentially and unfortunately, two mishandled grand jury decisions and spinmeisters for profit have resulted in police now becoming “scapegoats” and “sitting ducks.”

In a Dec. 28, New York Post editorial (“Holder and Obama are making race relations worse, inflaming hatred”) David Clarke, the black sheriff of Milwaukee said, “Law-enforcement officials are appalled at the way the Obama administration exploited tragedies in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City to appeal to its political base. … They trashed an entire profession with a broad brush because it was politically expedient for them to do so.” More

The hunting of America….another treasonous Act

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved
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Who could imagine this day would come?  Obviously, the Pentagon, the Bush Administration not only imagined it, but put it in motion.  Our own government in collusion with the military are openly moving against the people of the United States.  It is more than apparent we ARE the ENEMY so feared by those in power.  They weren’t  hunting BinLaden, they aren’t looking for terrorists…….they are preparing to hunt us. 

The continual threats of an attack perpetrated by some vague enemy they either cannot identify or will not indentify are overshadowed by the presence of our own military on our streets fully engaged in preparation for attacking us.  If you think for one moment they wouldn’t…….just look at your local police and sheriff’s departments..fully militarized and more than willing to assault people in their own communities. 

But don’t forget:  In 2008, General Renault of the Air Force signed that agreement of treason with the Canadians called the Civil Assistance Plan.  Plan B to be used just in case our soldiers decide love of country and patriotism does not include launching attacks on US civilians.  In this case, the Canadians will send their troops to do the job.  And we will return the favor for them, sending our troops against Canadians. 

The suicide rate in our military is at an all time high as troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering post traumatic stress and suffering from horrendous depression as a result of what they saw and were required to do in the name of Bush’s (and now Obama’s) wars on humanity.  I have to wonder what kind of mental suffering will occur if in the future these young men and women have to deal with the suffering they caused here in their own country if this preparation for assault inside the US by the United States military takes place.

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Militarizing local police forces……a crime wave of its own

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D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


Quote of the Day: “The idea that people lose their property but are never charged and never get it back, that’s theft as far as I’m concerned.” — Texas State Senator John Whitmire

Subject: Highway Robbery

If you happen to travel through east Texas, avoid Tenaha, especially if you’re African American. The Tenaha police may stop you and rob you, without even charging you with a crime. They even took $4,000 from a great-grandmother.

Tenaha, a town of 1,000, has used its robbery proceeds to build a new police station, and buy a second police car to extend its legal crime wave. But perhaps it’s unfair to single out Tenaha. Police departments all over America are doing the same thing, committing not only robbery, but also acts of terrorism.

Apparently, no one is safe. Just ask Cheye Calvo, the Mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland . . .

County police mistakenly targeted the Calvo home as a marijuana drop-off point. Police invaded the home, bound the mayor’s mother-in-law, and shot the family’s dogs. The Calvo’s were cleared of all wrongdoing, but the police won’t admit it made any mistakes.

Radley Balko reports  that the use of SWAT teams and no-knock raids has soared, even when there’s no evidence that a targeted home poses any threat. These aggressive raids allow police to surprise the suspect and find as much valuable property to seize as quickly as possible.

Law enforcement agencies then auction off this property and spend the money on themselves, even when the victims they robbed are never convicted of any crime. Instead, the victims must prove that they are NOT guilty of a crime.

Proving a negative is almost impossible. That’s why innocence is presumed in free societies, and the state bears the burden of proving guilt. Civil asset forfeiture turn this principle on its head. It even forces victims to prove that their property was never used in a crime.

This means that most seized property is never returned, even to people who are completely innocent.

The asset forfeiture laws give police a huge incentive to steal as much as possible. They also create a conflict-of-interest. Police make more money seizing the proceeds of drug sales than by preventing drug sales. This contradicts the supposed purpose of drug prohibition.

But it gets worse . . .

The newly-enacted “stimulus” bill includes $4 billion for state and local law enforcement.  You will now be funding an expanded wave of police robbery.

Please use our quick and easy Educate the Powerful System to ask Congress to repeal civil asset forfeiture.

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