Word on the street is the NYPD is bringing out the LRADs (long range acoustic devices) today. It’s a sonic canon developed by the military and it will cause permanent damage if you’re too close and directly in the line of fire when they really crank it up (and it can kill you if you have a heart condition).
If you’re going out to protest, look for the black speakers that look like megaphones. Cops can talk through them to give instructions, but they can also activate the cannon which which can destroy your hearing, cause nerve damage, and shift the bones in your year. They NYPD was sued by victims of LRAD deployment a couple of years ago, but they’re still using them.
If you have access to construction earphones, bring them. Foam earplugs also offer protection and in a pinch you can coat cotton balls in vaseline. The best protection is to run.
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