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Portland Mayor Orders End to Police Use of Tear Gas as Thick Smoke Blankets Oregon

HeadlineSep 11, 2020

In Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler has ordered his city’s police force to stop using tear gas, following its widespread use during 105 straight days of protests since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A U.S. Army study found tear gas can leave its victims more susceptible to respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Meanwhile, Portland has some of the worst air quality of any major city in the world, after a thick shroud of smoke from record wildfires settled over the city.

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