Trump Said No Tear Gas Used to Clear Protesters for Photo Op. These Canisters Suggest Otherwise. - 2020-06-04
A reporter from the Washington, D.C. TV station WUSA 9 shared images on Twitter of tear gas canisters he and a colleague collected near the White House on Monday—contradicting claims from the White House and U.S. Park Police that authorities did not deploy the weapon against peaceful protesters to clear the way for President Donald Trump's photo-op.
The photographs show spent CM Spede Heat CS and CM Skat Shell OC short-range rounds, both produced by the firm Defense Technology "as a crowd management tool for the rapid and broad deployment of chemical agent," as described on the company's website. While "OC" stands for oleoresin capsicum, a chile-pepper-derived substance, "CS" is an industry abbreviation for 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile—the key ingredient in tear gas.
The effects, according to the vendor: "burning sensation, heavy flow of tears, involuntary closing of eyes."