Fact check: It's true tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war

Source: USA Today - View Original Article
Published: Jul 02, 2020
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57% Conservative


Bias Score Calculation:

57% Negative Sentiment + Policies: United Nations = 57% Conservative


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99% "The protocol was signed at a conference held in Geneva and took effect on Feb. 8, 1928, according to the United Nations website."
97% "Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician in New York City told USA TODAY that tear gas isn't necessarily a gas but rather a powder that is heated and mixed with a solvent and released as an aerosol."
94% "Glatter said tear gas not only irritates cells, but also activates pain receptors, which leads to intense burning pain in the eyes, throat, lungs, skin and mucous membranes."
90% "The 1925 Geneva Protocol also prohibited the use of poisonous gases in war."
79% "Under the protocol, the United States reserved the right to use riot control agents in cases of controlling rioting prisoners of war, situations where civilian casualties can be avoided."
78% "The screenshot also shows a user replying to the tweet saying, Imagine using a chemical weapon that targets the lungs against your own citizens who are exercising their 1st Amendment rights during a Global Pandemic of a virus that targets the lungs!"
70% "Article I (5) of the Convention states, Each State Party undertakes not to use riot control agents as a method of warfare."
66% "Findings show that the Chemical Weapon Convention outlawed the use of riot control agents in warfare and it went into effect in 1997."
59% "As police officers across the country have tear-gassed crowds in attempts to disperse protesters, claims have surfaced on social media that tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war but legal for law enforcement purposes."
52% "Debate over methods used to clear Lafayette Square turns political Other effects of tear gas include a difficulty in swallowing, drooling and severe burning in the mouth."
-52% "The Senate approved the CWC in a 74-26 vote on April 25, 1997."
-53% "However, the text of the protocol did not go into depth on what gases were banned."
-67% "The purpose of the CWC is to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons."
-85% "You can subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here."
-88% "In some cases, it can cause an asthma attack or swelling in the area that could potentially lead to asphyxiation or death."

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99% : The protocol was signed at a conference held in Geneva and took effect on Feb. 8, 1928, according to the United Nations website.
97% : Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician in New York City told USA TODAY that tear gas isn't necessarily a "gas" but rather a powder that is heated and mixed with a solvent and released as an aerosol.
94% : Glatter said tear gas not only irritates cells, but also activates pain receptors, which leads to intense burning pain in the eyes, throat, lungs, skin and mucous membranes.
91% : Tear gas can also cause exaggerated muscle cramping in the eye and sensitivity to light that leads to eye closure.
91% : Thank you for supporting our journalism.
90% : The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines tear gas, or riot control agents, as "chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin."
90% : The 1925 Geneva Protocol categorized tear gas as a chemical warfare agent and banned its use in war shortly after World War I.
90% : Article II (9)(d) further states "
90% : The 1925 Geneva Protocol also prohibited the use of poisonous gases in war.
89% : The CDC also states riot control agents are used by law enforcement officials and in military settings to "test the speed and ability of military personnel to use their gas mask."
87% : Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor, medical director at National Capital Poison Center, told USA TODAY that picking up tear gas canisters can cause burn injuries because canisters can detonate, which exposes people to propellants, solvents and explosives.
85% : The user who shared the photo did not respond to USA TODAY for comment.
81% : A database by the International Committee of the Red Cross shows the ban of riot control agents in war went into effect in 1997, but still made it legal for law enforcement use.
79% : Under the protocol, the United States reserved the right to use riot control agents in cases of controlling rioting prisoners of war, situations where civilian casualties can be avoided.
78% : The screenshot also shows a user replying to the tweet saying, "Imagine using a chemical weapon that targets the lungs against your own citizens who are exercising their 1st Amendment rights during a Global Pandemic of a virus that targets the lungs!"
74% : Instagram users also shared their frustration about tear gas being banned in war claiming that the use of tear gas and other chemical weapons are banned in warfare under the Geneva Protocol of 1925.
72% : More: Tear gas vs. pepper spray.
71% : We rate the claim that tear gas is banned in war but legal for law enforcement purposes as TRUE based on our research.
70% : Article I (5) of the Convention states, "Each State Party undertakes not to use riot control agents as a method of warfare.
66% : A Facebook post shared on June 2 shows a screenshot of a tweet from Robert Reich -- an economist and the secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton -- that says, "Your reminder that tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war.
66% : Findings show that the Chemical Weapon Convention outlawed the use of riot control agents in warfare and it went into effect in 1997.
63% : Riot control agents may not be used as a method of warfare but may be used for certain law enforcement purposes including riot control.
59% : As police officers across the country have tear-gassed crowds in attempts to disperse protesters, claims have surfaced on social media that tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war but legal for law enforcement purposes.
52% : Debate over methods used to clear Lafayette Square turns political Other effects of tear gas include a difficulty in swallowing, drooling and severe burning in the mouth.
51% : The U.S. could also use it in rescue missions to recover isolated personnel and outside of combat zones to "protect convoys from civil disturbances.
48% : The Senate approved the CWC in a 74-26 vote on April 25, 1997.
47% : However, the text of the protocol did not go into depth on what gases were banned.
43% : The use of tear gas at recent protests has brought forth frustration and turned into a political debate, stirring controversy on why police officers are allowed to use tear gas on civilians but not during war.
43% : In 1993, nations could begin signing the U.N.'s Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) that outlawed the use of riot control agents in warfare.
42% : Riot control agents under the convention are defined as, "Any chemical not listed in a Schedule, which can produce rapidly in humans sensory irritation or disabling physical effects which disappear within a short time following termination of exposure."
33% : The purpose of the CWC is to "eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties," according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
15% : You can subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here.
12% : In some cases, it can cause an asthma attack or swelling in the area that could potentially lead to asphyxiation or death.

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