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LRAD used on crowd in Pittsburgh

September 25, 2009

A few days ago I posted about LRADs being deployed at a San Diego tea party protest, but now the police have gone a step further.

Police have used an LRAD on a crowd of protesters at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, PA. That’s in the USA people! This device should NEVER be used on US citizens. Scary stuff.

The marchers did not have a permit and, after a few blocks, police declared it an unlawful assembly. They played a recorded announcement over a loudspeaker ordering people to leave, as well as ear-piercing sirens, then police in riot gear moved in to break it up.

(emphasis mine)

I do not agree with the protesters or their methods and I do not condone destruction of property. But this is unprecedented and unwarranted. Here are some other choice quotes:

“We’ll continue to make sure our neighborhoods are safe.” – Pittsburgh Mayor.

“That was ridiculous,” said T.J. Amick, 22, of Pittsburgh. “People were being grabbed if they just got too close to the cops. It didn’t matter what they were doing, what they were saying. They were just asking what was going on, and they were being taken off the streets to God knows where.”

From Western Rifle Shooters Association:

“By order of the City of Pittsburgh Chief of Police, I hereby declare this to be an unlawful assembly…no matter what your purpose is.”

Is it just me, or are things quickly spiraling into chaos?

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