Tear Gas, Pepper Spray and Other Crowd Control Devices Banned in Seattle

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

"This legislation would prohibit further use of crowd control devices."

Image: Seattle Times

Seattle, WA - The Seattle City Council unanimously voted to ban police from using tear gas, pepper spray and other crowd control devices.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant introduced the bill, which was approved 9 to 0 Monday afternoon. The bill summary states, “This legislation would prohibit further use of crowd control devices and any other device that meets the definition of a Kinetic Impact Projectile, Chemical Irritant, Acoustic Weapon, Directed Energy Weapon, Water Cannon, Disorientation Device or Ultrasonic Cannon. It would also prohibit any device that is designed to be used on multiple individuals for crowd control and has the potential to cause pain or discomfort.”

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