A friend of mine is a high school teacher in a community near Portland. She heard that the Boston police killed a young woman with a 'less lethal' shotgun. Being herself a victim of police brutality of the local kind, specifically the police riot that occurred on August 22, 2002 in downtown Portland, wherein members of the Portland police bureau used the same type of weapon indiscriminately against defenseless people, she wanted to share the danger of these weapons to one of her fellow teachers at school.
When she told her friend what she had heard about the killing in Boston, she replied that my friend was certainly mistaken, the police would never kill someone like that. Well, sadly, that is exactly what happened in Boston and that is exactly the type of tragedy we in Portland are very lucky not to have encountered due to the negligent and reckless use of force by members of the Portland Police Bureau.
My friend asked me if I knew any websites where she could look for information to take to her friend to show her that, yes, indeed, this police killing was caused by a 'less lethal' shotgun deployed by hundreds of police forces around the country. After searching for a few minutes on the net, this is a sample of what I found about the homicide and the weapon the Boston police used to kill their young victim.
The young woman who was killed:
The CNN website says video shows the crowd was not violent or riotous:
"However, video from the scene where Snelgrove was struck showed the crowd in a joyous mood, slapping high fives and chanting celebratory Red Sox slogans. There were no signs of near-riotous conditions in that immediate vicinity although the area was crowded, and dozens of people near her stopped celebrating when they realized the severity of her injury and they tried to get help. Snelgrove was sprawled out on the ground, with blood running down her face."
The weapon used is made by one of the world's most profitable international arms dealers, arming the worlds' and America's police forces (and citizens) like small armies.
These are some sites specifically related to this gun. These guns and many more dangerous 'less lethal' weapons are also used in Portland, and were used on defenseless citizens on August 22, 2002 when George Bush visited downtown Portland and on other occasions.
From the seller's website: "The ingenuity of the FN 303 concept lies in the ammunition. The .68 caliber, 8.5 gram weight projectiles utilize a fin stabilized polystyrene body and non-toxic bismuth forward payload to provide more accurate and greater effective range than any other less lethal weapon. The projectiles have been specially designed to break-up on impact, thereby eliminating any risk of penetration injury. The primary effect of the projectile is trauma, which directly neutralize the aggressor. Secondary effects from the projectiles can be delivered via a chemical payload depending on mission specific requirements."
From the seller's website: "For safety reasons, never aim towards face, throat or neck."
A picture of the woman, mortally wounded on the sidewalk, shown on the site of Alex Jones.