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Revealing Riot Weapon Charts

'How Safe is Pepper Spray?' Examines the Anti-Protester Tactic

— December 18, 2011 — Lifestyle
As the #Occupy movement continues to garner more attention around the globe, the popular anti-protesting weapon of choice for many riot police squads is becoming the subject of many debates, and as the 'How Safe is Pepper Spray?' infographic shows, the substance might be more dangerous than you think.

Created by OnlineCriminalJusticeDegree.com, the illustrated graph examines the chemical breakdown of O.C. spray (commonly known as pepper spray), and compares it to other chemical weapons. While the spray might seem like a safer crowd-controlling alternative to other weapons, I was shocked to find in the infographic that nearly 70 deaths have occurred from police pepper spray incidents since 1990.

Whether you're for or against the use of this chemical weapon, 'How Safe is Pepper Spray?' offers some shocking facts about the spray that might even have you reconsider your stance on the subject.
Trend Themes
1. Riot Control Weapons - Opportunity for innovating safer and more effective crowd-controlling alternatives to traditional weapons.
2. Chemical Breakdown Analysis - Potential to develop improved chemical analysis techniques for evaluating the safety and effectiveness of riot control substances.
3. Public Awareness and Advocacy - Addressing the need for increased awareness and advocacy around the potential dangers of riot control weapons like pepper spray.
Industry Implications
1. Law Enforcement - Opportunities to develop and implement new non-lethal riot control technologies for law enforcement agencies.
2. Defense and Security - Innovations in chemical weapons detection and protection technologies for military and security organizations.
3. Advocacy and Activism - Advancement in educational resources and campaigns to raise awareness about the risks associated with pepper spray and other riot control weapons.
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