A group of journalists and activists is suing the New York Police Department for civil rights violations over its use of military-grade sound cannons known as Long Range Acoustic Devices
Reports Gavin Thomas for BBC News:
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a device which can be used as a “sonic weapon” will be deployed in London during the Olympics.
The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones.
The equipment was spotted fixed to a landing craft on the Thames at Westminster this week.
An MoD spokesman said it would be used “primarily in the loud hailer mode”.
Royal Marines operating in patrol craft from HMS Ocean are also heavily armed with conventional firearms.
David Hambling writes for Wired: All kinds of of devices have been dubbed “sonic blasters” — from the Long Range Acoustic Device super loudhailer to the piercing Banshee to the Inferno (”most…
CBC is reporting that the controversial LRAD device used at G20 protests in Pittsburgh is to become standard equipment for police: Vancouver police have a new crowd control device capable of emitting…
From the New York Times:
The police fired a sound cannon that emitted shrill beeps, causing demonstrators to cover their ears and back up, then threw tear gas canisters that released clouds of white smoke and stun grenades that exploded with sharp flashes of light. City officials said they believed it was the first time the sound cannon had been used publicly. “Other law enforcement agencies will be watching to see how it was used,” said Nate Harper, the Pittsburgh police bureau chief. “It served its purpose well.”