rubber bullet


: a bullet that is made out of rubber so that it hurts but does not kill people and that is used by the police and military to control a crowd

Examples of rubber bullet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the teen attempted to retrieve the weapon again, deputies shot him in the hand with a rubber bullet, Chronister said. Victoria Arancio, ABC News, 17 Sep. 2023 One man recalls being blinded in a schoolyard by a British soldier’s rubber bullet. James Sullivan,, 24 Aug. 2023 The rubber bullet fractured his skull behind the ear and caused bleeding inside the skull, but does not appear to have caused an injury to the brain, Dr. Fadel Al-Batran said. CNN, 8 June 2023 McCool said an officer shot him in the leg with a rubber bullet that night, as police kept firing tear gas, spritzing pepper spray and throwing flash bang grenades at the crowds. Ashley Remkus |, al, 19 July 2023 Viral social media footage from the confrontation showed Palestinians hurling explosives at Israeli armored vehicles, children coughing from Israeli tear gas and a prominent Palestinian journalist being rushed to a hospital after he was shot in the head with a rubber bullet. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 14 June 2023 At the other end of the road, phalanxes of police officers equipped with rubber bullet launchers and backed by an armored vehicle had gathered. Constant Méheut,, 1 July 2023 One of the reports, released publicly on Thursday, depicts officers, sergeants and other supervisors engaged in the objectionable texting, including one officer promising a prime rib dinner to anyone who would shoot Thorpe, who is Black, with a rubber bullet. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2023 Deon Jones, a man shot in the face with a rubber bullet during one of many mass protests in 2020, is speaking out after a federal jury found an LAPD officer liable for Jones' injuries and awarded him $375,000. Demarco Morgan, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Rubber bullet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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