Inhumane methods of riot control

Many riot control methods are detrimental to health; although there are weapons that cause no longlasting distress to able-bodied people, the elderly, the sick and young children can be affected quite seriously.
Plastic and rubber bullets used by riot police as the first line of defence have killed 15 people in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1986.
The use of riot control weapons seems to be dictated by the wish to discourage people from exercising their democratic rights of peaceful demonstration. The use of many weapons is indiscriminate and although theoretically safe, when used during a riot - a time of pressure - they can be mishandled.
(D) Detailed problems