Should SPD be using blast balls?

Press today about the Seattle Police Department’s use of blast balls — so terrifying that SPD calls them ‘thunder and lightning in your hand’ — on May Day 2015:

According to the Weekly, the official verdict is: “Seattle police may have hurt people during Seattle’s May 1st anti-capitalist protest, but the fault belongs to the department as a whole, not with individual officers.”

Seattle Weekly coverage here.

The Times piece says that “evidence shows blast balls ‘exploded in extremely close proximity to people, not all of whom were engaged in destruction of property or posed a threat to public safety,’ says the report signed by the OPA’s civilian director, Pierce Murphy.”

Seattle Times coverage here.

And a short piece in the Stranger here.

I represent people who were hurt by the police at the May Day demonstrations. You can read about the case here.