pepper spray

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pepper spray

an aerosolized form of oleoresins from capsicum, highly irritant to the skin and mucous membranes. It is used similarly to tear gas.

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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Detectives are still trying to hunt down the two robbers who sprayed pepper gas at people as they put money in a town centre bank.
In the streets of Miami, several thousand law-enforcement officers from more than 40 agencies used tear gas, pepper gas, rubber bullets, tasers, and armored cars against nonviolent demonstrators, journalists, and union members.
Hundreds of people who were packed into the second floor E2 club on the city's South Side stampeded down a stairwell after bouncers broke up a fight and someone sprayed pepper gas or Mace on Sunday.
When another deputy took over, wrote Smith in a Detention Bureau Report, "I then removed myself from the area and walked into the sally port, where I threw up from inhaling pepper gas residue from inmate Livingston.
Police dressed in riot gear fired pepper gas and plastic pellets into clumps of demonstrators who were blocking streets around the downtown theater where the WTO had planned to hold its opening ceremonies.
Defense Technology literature offers prospective buyers pepper gas generators (pepper gas is an extremely irritating chemical used by police forces which has allegedly caused over 60 deaths in custody in recent years) as well as a variety of grenades for use by police or prison wardens.
The state trooper pulled from his belt what he assured the group was a sample pepper gas dispenser.
As the threat becomes greater, the next level is usually represented by personal defense weapons, such as pepper gas or defensive tactics.
Noting that some employees of the media outlets were even slightly injured during the police's forced entry into the building, BaE-yurt also criticized the police for also spraying pepper gas inside the building.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said extremist Jewish settlers sprayed pepper gas at an 11-year-old Palestinian girl in Hebron on Saturday.
Police and armed forces use pellets, pepper gas and bullets to quell even peaceful protests.
The minister voiced Jordan's categorical rejection of Israeli occupation authorities which stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque and fired bullets, stun grenades and pepper gas on worshipers and held them inside the holy shrine.