In 2004, the NYPD bought two "long-range acoustic devices" ($35,000 per) and said, "that they would be used only for announcements, and that their shrill deterrent function would not be employed." I didn't believe that for a second. Because, as is always the case, if you give cops toys, they will play with them. Which is why you should be worried about military hardware going to police departments.
Well this is military hardware. And of course they have now been deployed against US civilians.
By my account, it was first used by police against US civilians in 2009.
Look, maybe sound devices are an effective use of crowd control. Maybe it's better than tear gas and batons. I don't know. But first don't you think we might want to be learn if sound cannons cause about lasting permanent damage? We simply do not know because we didn't care. They were to be used again terrorists we don't give a damn about.
These weapons are a tool used to keep terrorist boats away from Navy ships, to prevent another attack like happened to the USS Cole.
All I can think of while watching this clip is science fiction movies that portray the US in a depressing distopian future.
So now -- without any public debate or decision-making by elected politicians -- equipment designed to defend our troops against terrorists abroad is being used by civilian police departments against the public, some of whom who are "interfering with vehicular traffic."
Taking the totality of the situation, I say "fuck 'vehicular traffic'."