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“Less than lethal” crowd controlling weapons

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In addition to semi-automatic firearms, batons, handcuffs and capsicum-spray, Victoria police also have a number of crowd controlling weapons available.

These include:

  • large scale tear-gas and capsicum-spray canisters
  • shields
  • horses
  • the ‘VKS Pepperball’ – firearm that shoots blunt-force pellets or dye markers to brand people for arrest
  • 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.

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