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Tear gas used to disperse Old Town crowd

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.

No injuries were reported when Wichita police used tear gas to disperse a crowd in Old Town early Friday, police officials said Monday.

The tear gas canister was tossed into a crowd that had gathered in the 200 block of North Mosley at about 2 a.m. Friday, Capt. Max Tenbrook said. One person claimed to have had an allergic reaction to the gas but refused treatment by paramedics, Tenbrook said.

Tenbrook said he wasn’t sure how many people were in the crowd when the gas was used, but he said groups of as many as 1,000 people are not uncommon on weekend nights in Old Town when the bars close.

Tear gas is typically used by SWAT officers to flush suspects out of buildings, Tenbrook said, but is rarely used outdoors.

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