A Bill To Ban Rubber Bullets And Tear Gas For Police Has Been Developed In The US
A bill to ban the use of several special means by the US police, such as rubber bullets and tear gas, has been submitted to the US Congress. This was reported on Friday by the press service of members of the Senate of Congress Edward Markey (Democrat, from Massachusetts). He developed this initiative in collaboration with Senator Bernie Sanders (independent, from Vermont), who until recently fought for the right to run for President of the United States in the November elections on the line of the Democratic party, but fell out of the race.
The document prepared by lawmakers States that its purpose is "to prohibit Federal law enforcement officers from using chemical riot control agents, as well as destructive elements of kinetic impact", and to encourage "state and local authorities" to make the same decisions. At the same time, it is specified that the said destructive element means "rubber or a plastic bullet" and other similar ammunition, and the means of suppressing unrest - those listed in the UN Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction. The press service of the Brand emphasizes that it means, among other things, "tear gas and similar means, pepper spray."
The bill provides for a ban on the use of these special means for any purpose by law enforcement officers "who are on duty." The initiative involves administrative punishment of violators - a fine in the amount "not exceeding $10 thousand for each violation."
"Our streets should not be battlefields. And law enforcement officers should not use weapons of war against protesters and other Americans," Markey is convinced. At the same time, Sanders noted that the US is militarizing the police. American law enforcement agencies should not suppress their people, "like an army of invaders," the Senator is convinced. "That's enough," Sanders added. "Americans should no longer worry about losing their eyesight, getting injured, or even being killed by the police while exercising their rights under [the freedom of speech guarantee] The first amendment [to the US Constitution]."
In the United States, since the end of May, there have been protests against racial inequality and police brutality, sometimes turning into riots. The reason was the death in Minneapolis (Minnesota) of an African-American George Floyd. The police used a hard chokehold when they arrested him on May 25. All four police officers involved in the operation were subsequently dismissed and charged. To restore order, the US National Guard was involved in local law enforcement agencies. About 40 cities, including Washington and New York, imposed curfews.