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Bill would ban Metro police from using tear gas in Nashville

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Posted at 6:45 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 08:03:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Council members are debating whether to put restrictions on how Metro Nashville police respond to protests and riots.

For weeks, demonstrators have stood for those who have lost their lives because of police brutality. Across the country and even right here in Nashville, police used tear gas to control crowds.

Tuesday night, council member Emily Benedict introduced a bill that would ban Metro police from using tear gas.

The gas causes a burning sensation in the eyes and produces tears, which makes breathing painful and difficult.

The bill points out how dangerous tear gas can be, citing a 22-year-old protestor in Ohio who died two days after being exposed.

The bill needs two more votes to pass. NewsChannel 5 will continue to follow the bill and keep you updated.