Seattle Police are taking public comments on use of force and crowd control policies. They have decided to make it difficult, so there are several links to PDF’s at the bottom. You can comment at the bottom of those. Nonetheless, it’s worth commenting on.
For me the issue starts with a massive provocation every time the police show up. Namely that they are armed at all. The average beat cop having a gun, bringing long guns to protests, it really makes the police antagonistic.
Then when they deploy tear gas or rubber bullets, they get labeled as “less lethal” as if they are the gentle alternative to firing indiscriminately into a crowd, rather than a last resort. But it shouldn’t be an option!
In much of the world, most police don’t carry guns. There are still problems with policing, but there’s one less.
Anyway, wash your hands right now.