Rubber bullets can cause blindness, fractures, and organ injury. Here's what to do if you get hit.

June 1, 2020


As protests over the death of George Floyd have flared in cities across the US, police responded with batons, tear gas, and rubber bullets, videos show.

In many cases, it appears their targets weren't necessarily people looting and causing destruction, but rather anyone who was there, including peaceful protesters, kids, and journalists. 

Linda Tirado, a journalist in Minnesota got shot with a rubber bullet to the eye, and later reported she permanently lost sight in it. 

While rubber bullets are intended to be a relatively harmless crowd-control technique, they can be extremely harmful, leading to everything from fractures to death, Dr. Jose Torradas, a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, told Insider. But there are ways to protect yourself.

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