A video has been shared on social media of police in Seattle using what appears to be ‘cluster flash-bangs’ to disperse a large crowd of protesters.
In the footage below, hundreds of protesters can be seen confronting a line of police.
A small group of the protesters then appear to try and push back the line of the police.
The first line of the police can then be seen to ‘spray’ the crowd with an unknown substance which causes the demonstrators to disperse, but only slightly.
After spraying the crowd, various missiles are then thrown at officers.
A few seconds later, various rounds of flash-bangs can be seen to detonate around the feet of the protesters in quick succession, suggesting perhaps that they are ‘cluster’, or multiple shots, of conventional flash-bangs.
The deafening bangs, combined with the smoke and bright flashes of light emitted from the flash-bangs, appear to have an immediate effect on the crowd as they disperse.
A small pocket of defiant demonstrators appear to gather in the bottom left of the shot, but they also soon disperse after the rounds of ‘flash-bangs’ are zeroed in on their location.
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