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November 7, 2011 Last week's column elicited varying responses on how the media should identify projectiles used by police in crowd control situations. Here are staff and police responses, and some of the more thoughtful comments from readers.
Occupy Oakland protesters set trash on fire to make a barricade as police officers form a line to disperse them on Nov. 3., in Oakland, Calif.
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November 3, 2011 Scott Olsen, an Iraq veteran, was in serious condition after being hit in the head by what NPR described as a "non-lethal projectile" fired by police. Reporters and all of us should demand that police tell us what they are firing for crowd control. These 'projectiles' kill.
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