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Police Using Rubber Bullets on Protesters That Can Kill, Blind or Maim for Life

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By Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five decades of evidence shows such weapons can disable, disfigure and even kill.

In addition to rubber bullets — which often have a metal core — police have used tear gas, flash-bang grenades, pepper spray gas and projectiles to control crowds of demonstrators demanding justice for 46-year-old George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, while other officers restrained his body.

Some peaceful demonstrations have turned violent, with people smashing windows, setting buildings afire and looting stores. The use by

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