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Operation Safety Net's crowd-control chemical weapons pose a mystery for medical researchers


Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

A demonstrator walked amid the tear gas emitted from canisters outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department on April 11, 2021.

Despite mounting criticism about the use of tear gas and other crowd-control agents, law enforcement agencies have resisted disclosing exactly what they're spraying on protesters.

During recent protests in Brooklyn Center over then-officer Kimberly Potter's killing of Daunte Wright, some demonstrators and police exchanged bricks and fireworks for rubber bullets and tear gas. Residents of nearby apartment complexes were trapped in the crossfire.

In response, the Brooklyn Center City Council quickly banned chemical weapons and Mayor Mike Elliott publicly criticized their use. However, in a letter to the Hennepin County sheriff, who assumed the role of incident commander after Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned under pressure, Elliott requested the continued support of law enforcement agencies that do use tear gas.


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