I am glad I did this one. The police have a great selection of non lethal weapons. However, they should not be used on the general public. This is a description of what happens when you are hit with pepper spray. Rubber bullets and bean bags can't kill you. Same thing with tear gas and tasers. They are great tools that the police have to stop a crime.
To use on civil disobedience?
No. However, New York and Oakland have both decided that this is the route they will take. This is wrong. Occupying public places is an American tradition. We have been doing it for over 100 years. These kind of movements are what makes America great. If they are against them, then they are unAmerican. It is that simple.
The first Amendment gives us the freedom to address our grievances with our government. We have the right to peaceably assemble. The government does not have the right to violently stop us. That is done in other countries.
However, it has been done in America just as long as we have occupied public spaces. Veterans of World War 1, the Bonus Army, as they were called, protested in the Great Depression by Occupying DC and forcing Herbert Hoover to pay them the bonus owed to them. They were suppose to earn that bonus in 1945, however, they figured they needed the bonus in 1932. Gen. Douglas MacArthur destroyed the camp and killed 2.
This the history of our country. We have a long history of oppression by the ones in power. Sometimes we are more successful then others. However if we continue down the path we are on, we will fail. But if we occupy public spaces, despite violence from either the military, or the militant wing of the 1% (Yes, I mean you the Tea Party!) we have to stand up peacefully. Because there aren't enough police to stop the 99%. Not enough will. Not enough bean bags. We ARE the 99% and we are too big to fail.