Of immediate interest, in terms of the current discussion of NLW, is the ban on the use of non-lethal Riot Control Agents
(RCA) as a weapon of war, which are included in the Chemical Weapons Convention.
3) The CWC provides some leeway in this regard by allowing for the use of one type of non-lethal chemical weapons, Riot Control Agents
(RCAs), in law enforcement.
military has used CS as their standard riot control agent
for operations and training since 1959 (Blain, 2003; Olajos & Salem, 2001).
By the 1950s, the base was known as the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment and had become involved in the development of CS gas as a riot control agent
These are the individual riot control agent
disperser (M39) and trainer (M40), the vehicle lightweight arresting device, an expandable baton, a family of restraints--strap cinch, full body restraint and disposable tri-fold--and the advanced XM26E Taser.
When inhaled, the riot control agent
causes breathing difficulties, skin irritation and the eyes to sting.