2018-11-28 18:42:50 UTC
BORDER PATROL AGENTS USED TEAR GAS, PEPPER SPRAY UNDER OBAMA MORE THAN
1:59 PM 11/27/2018 | POLITICS
Benny Johnson | Columnist, Viral Politics
U.S. Border Patrol agents used tear gas or pepper spray more than 500
times from 2012 to 2016 under President Barack Obama’s administration.
According to numbers provided to the Daily Caller by the Department of
Homeland Security, CS gas, commonly known as tear gas, was used by U.S.
Border Patrol agents 79 times from 2012 to 2016.
Tear Gas Usage At The Border:
(go to the citation to read the chart & graph)
In addition to CS gas, Border Patrol regularly used Pava Capsaicin,
which is commonly known as pepper spray, for performing area saturation
associated with law enforcement operations. The numbers below describe
the uses of Pava Capsaicin between 2012 to 2018. Pepper spray was used
434 times while Obama was president.
The agents used pepper spray or tear gas a total of 513 times between
2012 and 2016. A DHS spokesperson told The Daily Caller that no records
before 2012 were available. (RELATED: I Was Tear-Gassed, Along With 60
Of My Closest Friends, In An Enclosed Space)
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The Trump administration is getting criticized for deploying tear gas
against a border mob this weekend. Hundreds of migrants stormed the U.S.
border waving Mexican and Honduran flags and throwing rocks at Border
Patrol in Tijuana, Mexico, before eventually being repelled. The border
entry was shut down for a number of hours as a response and Mexico
deported a number of the violent migrants. (RELATED: Border Patrol’s Use
Of Tear Gas Is Not Against The Chemical Weapons Conventions)
Multiple high-profile Democrats criticized President Donald Trump for
the use of tear gas against the migrant mob without noting that the use
of tear gas happened frequently under the Obama administration.
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Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said, “It’s horrifying to
see tear gas used on mothers and young children as they seek refuge in
the United States. That’s not what America should be.” (RELATED: Obama
Administration’s Border Patrol Shot Pepper Balls At Migrants In 2013)
Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz compared the tear gas deployment to
the use of “chemical weapons.”
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Democratic Senator @brianschatz claimed that US used "chemical
weapons" when they tear gassed hundreds of migrants who stormed the
American border and hurled rocks, projectiles at border patrol.
Tear gas is non-lethal & used by law enforcement in mob situations.