Oregon looks at ban on using tear gas against crowds

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Tear gas, pepper spray and other impact munitions have been deployed by police for months during protests in Portland, Oregon, enveloping neighborhoods and even a school yard.

Now, an Oregon lawmaker is seeking to ban the use of the chemical agents in one of the most sweeping police measures in the country regarding crowd control.

A legislative subcommittee on equitable policing heard a parade of witnesses this week describe the harm caused by the chemical agents.

One woman who suffers from asthma said she couldn’t breathe and felt like she was dying after a crowd was gassed by police.

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