Protests over the death of George Floyd and the institutional racism that caused it have been raging across the United States for over a week. If you plan on taking to the streets, here are some ways to protect yourself and others.
Tear "gas"is actually not a gas at all — it is a solid, white powder that can be aerosolized when mixed with a solvent. When it's mixed with water, sweat, and oils in our skin, it dissolves into a painful, acidic liquid.
One of the best way protesters can avoid serious injury from rubber bullets is to keep as far away from those firing as possible and wear thick clothing, like denim or even leather, that doesn't leave much skin exposed.
It's possible that you could get sick from attending a protest, especially if you're standing shoulder to shoulder with other protesters for a long time, or remain in spitting distance of their words for minutes or hours.
Emerging technology is giving police departments new ways to track suspects and head off possible crimes. It's also rapidly expanding the scope of police surveillance of civilians.
Police across the country are using tech to widen the scope of people and platforms that they monitor. This …