Why the Ferguson Police Force Looks Like a Military Unit

You've probably seen photos and video of overarmed police officers facing off against unarmed protestors in Ferguson, Missouri . The view of soldier-cops with assault rifles riding on top of mineproof tanks is certainly excessive, but also surprisingly common. How did we get here? » 8/14/14 2:03pm 8/14/14 2:03pm

What Tear Gas Does to Its Victims

Tear gas is banned for use in warfare by the Geneva Convention. It's allowed, however, to be used by police as "domestic riot control," as seen in protests in Turkey, Bahrain, and now Ferguson, Missouri. Here's what you need to know about tear gas: What it is, and what it does to the human body. » 8/14/14 11:37am 8/14/14 11:37am

The Eye-Watering Science Packed in a Can of Tear Gas

Tear gas is a relatively modern invention—a non-lethal repellant developed from the killer chemical weapons of World War I. But each canister relies on the fascinating chemistry of some ancient compounds and reactions. Wired gives us a look inside, without all the coughing and choking. » 4/04/14 10:22am 4/04/14 10:22am

A South Korean Politician Threw a Tear Gas Canister During a Parliament…

The United States Congress has been sort of a cluster-doodie this week, but at least they're not lobbing tear gas canisters at each other. South Korean Parliament on the other hand? Not so much. » 11/22/11 10:00am 11/22/11 10:00am

Riot-Busting Backpack Scorches Your Face and Dyes You Blue

If you're rioting/looting/celebrating the victory of your local ballgame squad, and you see a cop with one of these—run in the opposite direction. The Crowd Buster is well-named, firing five gallons of pepper spray up to 150 feet. » 9/01/11 4:20pm 9/01/11 4:20pm

Ugandan Police Sprayed People with Pink Water Cannons to Break Up a…

Seemingly lifted straight from some B-movie horror flick, a group of mourners in Uganda were sprayed by the police with water cannons filled with pink dye. The police said they were only "preventing the worst from happening." » 8/17/11 7:05pm 8/17/11 7:05pm

Rogue Cop Ruins Rodeo Cook-Off with Tear Gas Attack

Houston police officer Mike Hamby is facing some serious What the hell, man questioning from his colleagues after attacking a rival team during a rodeo BBQ competition. Stop and process that sentence. Nobody knows why Hamby loosed the attack, either. » 3/02/11 8:20pm 3/02/11 8:20pm

What's Actually Inside the Tear Gas Being Used in Egypt?

The tear gas grenades being used to quell protestors in Egypt are actually made right here in the USA. They're intended to cause "tearing of the eyes" and "irritation of respiratory tract and mucous membranes". What's inside the tear gas? » 1/29/11 5:00pm 1/29/11 5:00pm