Immediately suspend any sales of rubber bullets & tear gas from the UK to the USA.

Immediately suspend any sales of rubber bullets & tear gas from the UK to the USA.

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Holly Niamh started this petition to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) and

The protests surrounding George Floyd’s death - along with the deaths of hundreds of other innocent black people including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling & Breonna Taylor - are still going strong. We’re all enraged, disgusted and shocked by these unlawful killings & so these protests are justified and inevitable. 

These protests are becoming dangerous as a result of police officers abusing their position of power & instigating violence in a lot of cases. We’ve all seen the videos that are circulating online of peaceful protestors marching, chanting or even just sitting on the ground in protest. None of these behaviours pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of the public. In these videos, the police are assaulting people with their bare hands & their riot shields and throwing canisters of tear gas at protesters. Tear gas can cause itching, burning, chemical burns, choking, vomiting &, at close range, can cause blindness, nerve damage and haemorrhages. 

We’ve also seen videos of the police using rubber bullets, which are rubber-coated projectiles. These are being shot at protesters & have seriously injured several people. These rubber bullets can cause fractures, blindness, deep skin lacerations, nerve damage & organ damage. Although they’re classed as a “non-lethal method of crowd control”, they’re causing serious damage. At the end of May, a journalist was taking photos of the Minneapolis protests & was left blind in one eye as a result of being hit by one of these bullets.

There are rumours that the UK is selling - or going to be selling - British tear gas, rubber bullets & riot shields to the USA. This equipment would continue to be abused & misused by US police officers & so, with the help of signatures on this petition, I want to see sales of these items IMMEDIATELY SUSPENDED. There’s no doubt that these items would be actively used to harm other innocent civilians & protesters & we as British people cannot condone that.

We stand with the protesters - we will see change. 

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