Stop the use of tear gas to dismantle peaceful protests

Stop the use of tear gas to dismantle peaceful protests

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Armoni Blount started this petition to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and

The use of riot control agents (sometimes referred to as “tear gas”) are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin. These use of these agents should be illegal due to their long-lasting effects on the human body. If protests are PEACEFUL, this agent should not be used as a way to dismantle the crowd. The fight to end a TEMPORARY PROBLEM should not be shut down by a PERMANENT SOLUTION. These agents can result in permanent damage such as blindness and death. Why harm individuals that are simply exercising their American, constitutional rights?

Source: CDC Fact Sheet: Facts About Riot Control Agents

People exposed to riot control agents may experience some or all of the following symptoms immediately after exposure:

Eyes: excessive tearing, burning, blurred vision, redness
Nose: runny nose, burning, swelling
Mouth: burning, irritation, difficulty swallowing, drooling
Lungs: chest tightness, coughing, choking sensation, noisy breathing (wheezing), shortness of breath
Skin: burns, rash
Other: nausea and vomiting
Long-lasting exposure or exposure to a large dose of riot control agent, especially in a closed setting, may cause severe effects such as the following:

Blindness
Glaucoma (a serious eye condition that can lead to blindness)
Immediate death due to severe chemical burns to the throat and lungs
Respiratory failure possibly resulting in death

 

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