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If someone shoots a tear gas canister at you, throw it back. Use the state’s own weapons against it.

When did it become alright in our country to use gas to disperse non-violent protesters? Who will demonstrate that this kind of police behavior is not okay? Edward Crawford shows us what we need to do. Turn the state’s own power back on itself, and exploit its weaknesses. That is how we citizens will muster the strength we need to exist. That is how we can prevent complete domination by forces that regard free citizens as a threat.EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTEdward Crawford, 25, throws back a tear gas container just after midnight Aug. 13, in St. Louis. The now iconic photo has come to symbolize the militarized police force and civil unrest following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Government after government has tried to establish a permanent police state, and every single attempt has eventually failed. Let’s do what we must, now, to prevent that here.