On March 26, three Missouri police agencies agreed to lessen their use of tear gas after lawsuits alleged that the chemical was used excessively during the Ferguson protests back in November. Better now that never.
The three suits were ultimately dismissed by U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson but according to Reuters, will “retain jurisdiction through 2017″ to ensure the agencies comply to the reformed usage of tear gas. One major agreement includes that police give fair and verbal warnings and a sensible amount of time to vacate, for protestors and demonstrators. This should be especially exercised during “non-criminal activity.” The agencies will also pay $2,500 in legal costs.
The Ferguson protests were both peaceful and sometimes turned violent, in response to the shooting of Michael Brown and non-indictment of Darren Wilson. The presence of tear gas was notorious in news coverage, with images of individuals laying in the street crying or being held by other activists gasping for air and being relieved by milk and water (which helps to soften the stings of the gas).
Trayvon Martin's 20th Birthday: A Timeline Of Racial Issues That Have Plagued Black America
1. Trayvon Martin's Life Wasn't In Vain1 of 19
2. 1995: The OJ Simpson VerdictSource: 2 of 19
3. 1996: Texaco Pays Over $170 Million In A Racial Discrimination Case3 of 19
4. 1997: Stephen Lawrence's Alleged Murderers Exposed4 of 19
5. 1998: The Death Of James Bryd, Jr.Source: 5 of 19
6. 2000: Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin Is Accused of Murder6 of 19
7. 2002: Donovan Jackson Chavis & Inglewood Cops7 of 19
8. 2003: Scranton, Pennslyvania's Skinhead Epidemic & Ousmane Zongo8 of 19
9. 2005: Hurricane Katrina9 of 19
10. 2006: Sean BellSource: 10 of 19
11. 2007: Don Imus Calls Female Basketball Team "Nappy Headed Hoes"Source: 11 of 19
12. 2009: Oscar GrantSource: 12 of 19
13. 2010: Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Dead at 7-Years-OldSource: 13 of 19
14. 2011: The Capital Punishment of Troy DavisSource: 14 of 19
15. 2012: Jordan Davis & Trayvon Martin15 of 19
16. 2014: #BlackLivesMatter: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Antonio Martin, John Crawford, Tamir Rice & MoreSource: 16 of 19
17. 2015: We Shall Overcome17 of 19
3 Missouri Police Agencies Plan To Lessen How Much They Use Tear Gas In The Future was originally published on hellobeautiful.com