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Lauren Vespoli

Lauren Vespoli

Lauren Vespoli is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Atlas Obscura, and Hemispheres. You can find her on Twitter @L_Vespoli, and at laurenvespoli.com.

Soldiers in gas masks advance on World War I Bonus March demonstrators in Washington, D.C., July 1932.

How Tear Gas Became a Staple of American Law Enforcement

In 1932, the “Bonus Army” of jobless veterans staged a protest in Washington, DC. The government dispersed them with tear gas.