The Washington Post reports:
Hours before law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd, federal officials began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire.
The technology, also called a “heat ray,” was developed to disperse large crowds in the early 2000s but was shelved amid concerns about its effectiveness, safety and the ethics of using it on human beings.
D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam D. DeMarco told lawmakers that defense officials were searching for crowd control technology deemed too unpredictable to use in war zones and had authorized the transfer of about 7,000 rounds of ammunition to the D.C. Armory.
Federal officials looked into getting a heat ray that makes targets’ skin feel like it’s burning and amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition in preparation for a peaceful protest in June, according to House testimony from an Army National Guard major https://t.co/YJk6hyiqB4
— CNN (@CNN) September 17, 2020
Safety and ethics worries sidelined a “heat ray” for years. The feds asked about using it on protesters. https://t.co/nUbfMZWRAE
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 17, 2020
US military police reportedly requested a “heat ray” weapon, that makes targets feel like their skin is on fire, against protesters in Washington https://t.co/bsSdfNov1f
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 17, 2020
“…a stash of assault rifles was transferred to the D.C. Armory on June 1 and transfers of ammunition from states such as Missouri and Tennessee arrived in subsequent days. By mid-June, about 7,000 rounds of ammunition rounds had been transferred.” https://t.co/PJ4l0kdw3W
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 17, 2020