"Pepper spray is not a chemical irritant. It's not chemical" — AG Barr uses painstaking distinctions to defend the use of force against protesters near the White House last Monday pic.twitter.com/CQbtqLwfIk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 7, 2020
The active ingredient in pepper spray is (6E)-N-[(4-Hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)methyl]-8-methylnon-6-enamide, which is more commonly known as capsaicin. https://t.co/F2CTclqlDW pic.twitter.com/1vwXUipXrL
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 7, 2020
OH BUT HE CLARIFIED TO SAY PEPPER BALLS AND NOT PEPPER SPRAY PATERICO IS LIEING!!!!1!
"Pepper spray is not a chemical irritant. It’s not chemical.” —Attorney General Bill Barr on @FaceTheNation.
“The most effective chemical irritant available.” —Pepperball’s official website. pic.twitter.com/GU6fHlD3yp
— Yoni Appelbaum (@YAppelbaum) June 7, 2020
The PepperBall system is proven effective from distances up to 150 feet, giving you more range and more time to make a critical decision. The combination of powerful, accurate launchers and versatile, chemically effective projectiles allows you to accomplish your mission safely even without a clear line of sight.
A U.S. Park Police spokesperson said Friday it was a “mistake” to insist in a statement Tuesday that no tear gas was used to clear Lafayette Park on Monday before President Trump walked across to visit St. John’s Church.
However, the spokesperson insisted that Park Police did not lie, explicitly noting that pepper balls were shot. Pepper balls can cause irritation to the eyes and cause tears.
“I’m not going to say that pepper balls don’t irritate you,” Sgt. Eduardo Delgado told Vox. “I’m not saying it’s not a tear gas, but I’m just saying we use a pepper ball that shoots a powder.”
Barr is gaslighting the public, as he often does.
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” — George Orwell, 1984