On May 30, at least eight people lost vision in one eye after being struck by police projectiles. Thousands of protesters gathered in cities across the country on the first Saturday after George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. As law enforcement officers moved to clear the streets, some fired what are called “less lethal” munitions. The Washington Post found that eight people lost vision in one eye after being struck by police projectiles, including lead pellets packed in cloth pouches that were fired from shotguns.
They were among 12 people who were partially blinded during a week of national unrest. The Post interviewed all eight of those who lost sight that day. Six were protesters, one was a photojournalist, and another was a passerby. Drawing on extensive cellphone and surveillance videos, police reports and other records, The Post reconstructed the circumstances of three of those incidents in detail. In these cases, video evidence undermines official accounts. (Source: The Washington Post)