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California County Bans Rubber Bullets, Other Less Lethal Munitions 


Alameda County, in northern California, will ban rubber bullets, bean bags and less-lethal munitions for crowd control, reports the Associated Press. The decision came as part of a settlement after sheriff’s deputies fired rubber bullets and injured two people protesting police brutality in 2020 during protests in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.

Oakland Police officers and Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Oakland during a June 1, 2020, protest. Officers later fired rubber bullets, injuring two individuals. The new law restricts the use of the munitions unless the event is life-threatening or risks great bodily harm.

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