09.21.11

Visiting Professor Sues Over Non Lethal Use of Force

Posted in Police Misconduct at 3:31 pm by kevin

A visiting professor to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA is suing the police department over an incident that happened two years ago. According to the lawsuit, police officers and their superiors tried to disperse protesters using a non-lethal weapon.

The non-lethal weapon in question is called a Long Range Acoustic Device which “emits harmful, pain-inducing sounds over long distances.” The visiting professor, one Karen Piper claims that even though she wasn’t part of the protest, she was on the receiving end of the acoustic device.

As a consequence Piper states that she had suffered permanent hearing damage. The incident happened during a Group of 20 economic summit on campus in September 1999.