pepper spray

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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.
See also: spray
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Two studies of in-custody deaths involving OC spray identified several common factors in those incidents.
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For example, the ACLU of Northern California has cited studies showing that OC spray can cause respiratory problems, vomiting, and other health effects.
Drawing their sidearm, expandable baton, OC spray or handcuffs could not be accomplished in a smooth fashion without looking at the implement in question.
OC sprays can be purchased in different concentrations - usually from 5 to 10 percent of volume.
Do you offer less-lethal options, such as OC sprays? Do you stock devices like the Taser, as well as accessories, including defense-oriented lights, laser sights, holsters, spare magazines or speedloaders and pouches?
After serving as a willing or unwilling participant in about a hundred one-on-one and multi-officer melees involving OC sprays, I concluded I'd rather rely on a traditional knuckle sandwich or my Deluxe Thump-O-Matic nightstick.
"We had previous information from the law enforcement community that the OC sprays they are buying are not consistent in terms of performance," says Alim Fatah, who spearheads the project from NIST headquarters in Maryland.
"There's about a thousand OC sprays here." he patiently rumbled.
It should be noted, however, that according to a bulletin put out by the National Institute of Justice's Technology Assessment Program, OC sprays with alcohol-based carriers are flammable and should be avoided when flames or sparks are present.