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Man dies from Pepper Spray?


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From the Toronto Star:

The province's Special Investigations Union is probing the death of a man who was pepper-sprayed by Toronto police early today.

Police say they were called to a disturbance in the city's east end and officers became involved in a confrontation with a man they described as emotionally unstable.

Residents awakened by the disturbance said the man was naked and screaming in the middle of the street.

They also said he appeared to be armed with a knife and lunged at police, who repeatedly told the man to get down.

The SIU said pepper-spray was used and the man died on the way to hospital despite the efforts of an ambulance crew to save him.

The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

The SIU says seven investigators have been assigned to the case, including two forensic experts.

Investigators were shooting video and photographs near two vehicles parked at the scene of the confrontation.

The SIU investigates any injury, death, or sex assault that occurs during police operations.
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"We've secretly replaced the pepper in Captain Fantino's pepper spray with poison...let's see if he notices..."


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Originally posted by defazman
Maybe they should have used the Ancho instead of the Habanero.


no, that sucks though. my professor got sprayed with some crazy police pepper spray during some protest and she had a rash on her face for 3 months.

maybe he had respiration problems or something. or maybe he froze to death. it's frickin too cold outside to be naked.
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taken from an Australian gov't site

What is capsicum spray?
Oleoresin capsicum (OC) is an extract of pepper plants of the genus Capsicum. It is used as a spice in curries and salsas, as a pharmacological agent in anaesthetic and analgesic creams and as the principal active ingredient in OC spray, or pepper spray used by police and others as an antipersonnel agent.

OC extract consists of a mix of fat soluble phenols known as capsicinoids, capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin. Capsaicinoid content of extracts used in pepper sprays varies widely. Depending on brand, an OC spray may contain water, alcohols, or organic solvents as liquid carriers; and nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or halogenated hydrocarbons as propellants to discharge canister contents.(1)

Physical effects of OC spray
When used against a person, OC spray typically has a severe impact. Skin exposure causes tingling, intense burning pain, swelling, redness and occasionally blistering.

Respiratory responses to OC spray include burning of the throat, wheezing, dry cough, shortness of breath, gagging, gasping, inability to breathe or speak and, rarely, cyanosis, apnea and respiratory arrest.

Nasal application of OC spray causes sneezing, irritation, and reflex mucus secretion. Inhalation of OC spray can cause acute hypertension which in turn can cause headache, and increase the risk of stroke or heart attack.

Common eye symptoms associated with OC spray include redness, swelling, severe burning pain, stinging, conjunctival inflammation, lacrimation, blepharospasm and involuntary or reflex closing of the eyelids. (2)

It is important to note that the effects of OC sprays may range in severity. For example, the effect of OC sprays on people with mental disorders or severely intoxicated by drugs or alcohol can be diminished. Additionally, the effect of OC spray is not necessarily immediate.

Research by the United States FBI Forensic Science Research and Training Centre and the US Chemical Research and Development Centre have not, to date, found evidence that any long-term health risks were associated with OC spray use.(3)

A number of other reports, however, have associated serious adverse consequences, including death (over 60 deaths have been attributed to OC spray in the US), with the legitimate use, as well as misuse and abuse, of OC sprays. The use of OC spray has been rejected in the United Kingdom because of its potential carcinogenic properties.(4)

A number of human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, have questioned the use of OC spray. In November 1997 Amnesty International called the use of OC spray by police in the US State of California against peaceful protestors as tantamount to torture.(5)


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Originally posted by Evil Dynovac
No doubt the forensic experts will discover that pepper spray causes severe head trauma in a small number of people.

hahahaha (.. and i have nothing else to contribute)
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