A highly dangerous, indoor barricade penetrator designed for hostage situations, was reportedly used against unarmed civilians on a residential street in St. Louis.
According to media reports, riot police were called in to respond to protests, firing tear gas, smoke grenades and other riot control weapons on the residential intersection were community members gathered, blocking an intersection.
The riot control weapons used by the St Louis police came primarily from two US manufacturers, the Safariland Group (Federal Laboratories and Defense Tech brands) and Combined Systems Inc (CTS brand).
Among the weapons documented by civilians, #RiotID identified what appears to be a 37MM Inert Liquid Barricade, Model 3300. This weapon is designed for indoor use in a hostile environment, where a perpetrator is armed and barricaded indoors, such as in a hostage situation.
A caution label from the manufacturer reads:
According to an article in The Atlantic, Police Chief Sam Dotson stated in a press conference that inert gas was used to attempt to disperse protesters. It is unclear if the police chief knew that the type of inert gas deployed outside on the street, included this dangerous indoor barricade penetrator.
As clearly marked on the weapon’s specification sheet, the 3300 is not designed for outdoor use on crowds. Dislodging this weapons on the street against civilians would be a clear violation of guidelines, putting human lives at risk of serious injury and death.