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The So-Called ‘Nonlethal’ History of Rubber Bullets Fired on Protesters

As demonstrators flood the streets to protest the killing of George Floyd, police have turned to a familiar — and dangerous — tactic

An officer aims a rubber bullet gun at demonstrators in Long Beach, CA. Photo: MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

The first thing to know about rubber bullets is the name is a misnomer. Among the 75 different kinds manufactured…

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Morgan Baskin

Morgan Baskin

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D.C.-based reporter covering politics, housing, and the social safety net.