“Less than lethal” crowd controlling weapons
In addition to semi-automatic firearms, batons, handcuffs and capsicum-spray, Victoria police also have a number of crowd controlling weapons available.
- large scale tear-gas and capsicum-spray canisters
- the ‘VKS Pepperball’ – firearm that shoots blunt-force pellets or dye markers to brand people for To take into custody.
- stinger grenades which release 32-callibre rubber pellets at waist height
- LRAD sound cannons
- and flash/noise distraction devices
In some countries where these weapons have been deployed people have suffered serious injuries and there has been a report of at least one death.
Also see Complaints against the police.