4,709 canisters of tear gas, 822 plastic bullets, Quebec

MONTREAL – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Thursday it used 3,009 canisters of tear gas and 502 plastic bullets while dealing with protesters at last month’s Summit of the Americas. That figure is in addition to a previously released statement that Quebec provincial police used 1,700 tear-gas canisters and 320 rubber bullets.

MONTREAL – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Thursday it used 3,009 canisters of tear gas and 502 plastic bullets while dealing with protesters at last month’s Summit of the Americas. That figure is in addition to a previously released statement that Quebec provincial police used 1,700 tear-gas canisters and 320 rubber bullets.

[The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported at the time that the police were firing 30 tear gas canisters per minute.]

A Quebec government-appointed panel said in a report last week that police used "abusive" amounts of tear gas.

Police also erred and placed protesters at risk by shooting them with plastic bullets, the panel concluded.

However, officers did not violate the constitutional rights of peaceful protesters at the mid-April gathering of 34 political leaders, it also said.

Police used so much tear gas that they had to order more from the United States.

More than 400 people were arrested and scores were injured during the summit.

Author: CP

News Service: the Toronto Star

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