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pepper spray

A chemical derived from chili peppers (capsaicin) that irritates the eyes, mucous membranes, and bronchi. It is commonly used by law enforcement personnel against individuals to help subdue and apprehend them.
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They then used capsicum spray and drew their Tasers to restore order.
An American Civil Liberties Union study of twenty-six deaths associated with the police use of capsicum spray in the United States, found that none of the incidents involved people who posed a serious threat of violence to bystanders or who were engaged in serious violent criminal activity when or shortly before police arrived.
A decade of law enforcement experience with capsicum spray in the United States demonstrates that it is used against the homeless, minority youth, African-Americans and other marginal groups to deliver a painful chemical `street justice'.
In 1996 the FBI's top pepper spray expert, Thomas Ward, received a two-year suspended jail term after pleading guilty to taking $US57,000 in `kickbacks' from the manufacturer of Cap-Stun capsicum spray. Ward had tested the spray on hundreds of trainees and police and found it safe and effective.
It also claimed that before July 2009, "there was far too great an emphasis placed on firearms and other defensive tactics," but by 2009, police training had a "disproportionate focus" on the use of guns, batons and capsicum spray instead of conflict resolution and better communication.
Capsicum spray and other chemical weapons were once confined to the paramilitary units, but have now been taken up as standard weapons by all operational police.
22 (ANI): The Federation of Community Legal Centres has said that capsicum spray, which is used to subdue trouble makers can be lethal and can make a volatile situation worse.
He said capsicum spray was introduced as an alternative to lethal force, but reliance on the weapon had crept up to the degree where it figured in 73 per cent of documented scenarios where Victorian police used force.
After a long struggle, police used a capsicum spray to gain control over the man.
So, four officers had to use batons and capsicum spray to make him leave the car.
He was nabbed using tasers and capsicum sprays.