police violence

How Do ‘Acoustic Weapons’ Work?

How Do ‘Acoustic Weapons’ Work?

In recent weeks, acoustic weapons like flash bang grenades and sound cannons have come to new prominence in the public consciousness thanks to their inclusion in the arsenal of weapons used by U.S. police against protesters. Flashbang grenades, also called stun grenades, are explosive devices that emit an extremely loud…

‘Less Lethal’ Police Weapons, Explained

‘Less Lethal’ Police Weapons, Explained

These past few weeks, we’ve seen countless examples of ‘less lethal’ police weapons being used against protesters in the U.S., including rubber bullets, bean bag rounds and sponge grenades. Although these weapons—which all have names that make them sound like toys—are certainly less lethal than traditional bullets, they can still…

How Can We End Police Violence?

How Can We End Police Violence?

With recent displays of police violence against Americans, whether the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breona Taylor at the hands of officers or the many demonstrations of brutality against peaceful protesters, it’s becoming painfully obvious that the problem is systemic, and that it will take a comprehensive approach to…