tagged w/ pepper spray
Sitting at the keyboard and writing this article, I want the readers to know that my nose is still burning. The reason why will be explained a little later in the article. Most readers know this author has a preference for Fox Labs pepper spray products. However, there is this old can of Mace brand pepper spray on my desk that expired back in the 1990s. The expiration label where it indicates it expired in May sometime in the ’90s can be mostly read. It looks like that last number is a “3” but it could be an “8.” Either way it has been expired either 14 or 19 years. Since the Mace brand website indicates their current products have a four year shelf life, that would make that old can 18 to 23 years old. Old enough to have been born and graduating from college if it was a person.
The main concern about pepper spray in cans is not the breakdown of the active ingredient to something that no longer will have any effect on an attacker. The main concern is loss of propellant through seals in the spray valve or other areas of the can. For my other work as an artist, I have some cans of spray fixative that have been around for a long time. One can that is probably about 20 years old started to ooze a little of the contents out of the bottom end of the spray can. It still sprays, but the leak is easily seen because it has bubbles of hardened fixative at the seam on the bottom of the can. A can of defensive pepper spray that has no propellant will not work when it is needed.
The three cans in the following image are all expired. The one on the left is the old Mace brand product. The one in the middle is a Fox Labs product that has a cone spray pattern that expired on August 12, 2008. That is significant because of what we did with it and how it had been stored that will be shared later. The one on the right is a small canister of pepper spray from Fox Labs that has a water based propellant instead of the solvent based one in the other can. It arrived in the same shipment as the other can, so it would likely have the same expiration date. I am not sure about it because the label wore off being carried in my pocket, and I covered the can in electrical tape. I have carried it since receiving it years ago.
Full Story: https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/tactics-and-training/will-expired-pepper-spray-still-work/Sitting at the keyboard and writing this article, I want the readers to know that my... more
A Riverside County grand jury indicted officer Enoch Clark on charges of assault.
BEAUMONT, Calif. (KTLA) -- A woman who says she was blinded by a police officer using high powered pepper spray is speaking out.
A Riverside County grand jury last week indicted officer Enoch Clark on charges of assault likely to cause great bodily injury, assault with a less-lethal weapon, assault under the color of authority and use of force causing serious bodily injury.
On February 21, Clark sprayed pepper spray in the face of Monique Christina Hernandez, 32, while he tried to arrest her on suspicion of driving under the influence, the city of Beaumont said in a statement.
Full Story: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-clark-beaumont-pepper-spray,0,40793.storyA Riverside County grand jury indicted officer Enoch Clark on charges of assault.... more
WATCH: Roughly 30 people had to be treated for their injuries and two people had to be hospitalized.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=33173WATCH: Roughly 30 people had to be treated for their injuries and two people had to be... more
Talk about your "Tower of Terror"... http://veracitystew.com/?p=30788
Headed down to Occupy Wall Street to spend time with fellow occupiers and bring in the new year in a not so common way. My night started off with a pretty easy drive into lower Manhatten and found parking rather easily, which is always nice.
When I reached the park I found myself not being allowed to enter the park, it was closed and new people were not allowed to enter. Reason as i soon found out was because a mother had brought a tent into the park and her kids where Occuping it. After much hostility the police finally gave an ultimatum.
Many things went on on New Years eve starting with a Occupier from Anchorage that brought a tent into the park and put her kids in the tent to play, which closed the park and the police ultimately confiscated.
A sound demo at 159 park row which lead to a march in the streets through China Town, blockading cops from coming down the road and a couple arrests.
The climax to the evening was the new years eve celebration which lead to a Metal Barrier mountain in the middle of the park, protesters getting pepper sprayed and then after 130 the park being raid and everyone being arrested that was in the park.Headed down to Occupy Wall Street to spend time with fellow occupiers and bring in the... more
If you are on twitter, check out Jesse LaGreca's tweets http://twitter.com/#!/JesseLaGreca
Hate to pimp HuffPost, but there are pics and updates at
NYPD Did show up in riot gear and according to LaGreca, there was pepper spray. But OWS is having their New Year celebration and there are reports the police have backed off.
Many thanks to all the stalwart OWS protesters and supporters. Viva!If you are on twitter, check out Jesse LaGreca's tweets... more
Showing either a lack of perspective, and ignorance of history, or else an epic capacity to prevaricate, film maker Michael Moore compared the pepper spraying of occupier protesters at UC Davis to the massacre of students in Tiananmen Square.
The incident, which took place Friday, involved campus police administering pepper spray to a group of seated, occupier protestors who had refused instructions to disperse. The incident has created a considerable amount of controversy, with apologies, threats of investigations, and demands for resignations all around. While some of the occupier protestors reported experiencing pain and fear as the pepper spray hit, no one actually died.
Tiananmen Square, on the other hand, involved a large group of peaceful, student protestors who had occupied the iconic plaza from April 1989 to June 3, when the Chinese Army moved in with tanks and bayonets and killed everyone they could catch, which by all accounts numbered in the thousands. Many more were arrested and sent to reeducation camps.
Unlike the Occupy Wall Street protestors, the students at Tiananmen Square behaved in a peaceful, civilized manner. There were no rapes or robberies taking place around the Goddess of Freedom. Nor did the Chinese students turn Tiananmen Square into a public bathroom.
So what was Michael Moore talking about, comparing a rough, but non fatal response to the defiance of a handful of occupiers to the massacre of thousands of human beings? It was, most likely, a lame attempt to infuse life into a sputtering movement by creating martyrs.
The only problem is that the handful of student malcontent who got their eyes burned make very poor martyrs indeed. They didn't actually die, which is something that usually has to happen to become a martyr. Nor was their agenda of any cosmic significance. They were protesting high tuition at California public universities and cut backs in higher education spending by the state. In other words, they were protesting that the cost of their attending school was too high.
Stipulating that higher education in the United States is too costly, that situation as a cause does not stir the blood quite like an attempt to overthrow a communist tyranny. It smacks of entitlement addled youth who, as usual, are directing their ire at the wrong target. They should be protesting university administrators, whose mismanagement has contributed so much to the higher education bubble.
http://news.yahoo.com/michael-moore-pepper-sprayed-occupiers-tiananmen-square-students-192100693.htmlShowing either a lack of perspective, and ignorance of history, or else an epic... more
A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.
The incident occurred shortly after 10:20 p.m. Thursday in a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart as shoppers hungry for deals were let inside the store.
Police said the suspect shot the pepper spray when the coverings over the items she wanted were removed.
"Somehow she was trying to use it to gain an upper hand," police Lt. Abel Parga told The Associated Press early Friday.
He said she was apparently after some electronics and used the pepper spray to keep other shoppers at bay.
Officials said 20 people suffered minor injuries. Fire department spokesman Shawn Lenske said the injuries to least 10 of them were due to " rapid crowd movement."
Parga said police were still looking for the woman.
The store remained open and those not affected by the pepper spray continued shopping.A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black... more
Insightful first hand essay on the Occupy Davis travesty.
http://whenwillthehurtingstop.blogspot.com/Insightful first hand essay on the Occupy Davis travesty.... more
University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Monday apologized to students for last week’s pepper-spraying incident, where a campus police officer at point-blank range sprayed down a group of sitting protesters.
“I feel horrible for what happened on Friday, Katehi told a rally of students. “If you think you don’t want to be students in a university like we had Friday, I’m just telling you, I don’t want to be the chancellor of the university we had on Friday.”
Hundreds of students rallied on campus to protest Friday’s incident. In the wake of the pepper-spraying, two university police officers and UC Davis’ police chief Annette Spicuzza have been placed on administrative leave during a probe of the incident.
UC Davis student senator Amy Martin told TPM the student government is holding an emergency meeting Monday evening to address the pepper-spraying. “I think it’s clear we’re all horrified about what happened to our students on Friday,” she said.
Katehi has been under growing pressure to resign, but so far she’s staying put. “The university needs me,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America Monday morning. In an interview with NPR affiliate KQED, Katehi said the university police were not supposed to use force. She said, “as a human being,” she was “horrified” by the pepper-spraying images. And in front of students later on Monday, the chancellor admitted she must work to earn back the students’ trust.
“I know you may not believe anything that I’m telling you today, and you don’t have to,” Katehi said. “It is my responsibility to earn your trust.”
The crowd chanted “Shame on you” and “resign” at Katehi after she finished her remarks, AggieTV reported.University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Monday apologized to... more
"One hundred years ago, an American pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville developed a scale to measure the intensity of a pepper’s burn. The scale – as you can see on the widely used chart to the left – puts sweet bell peppers at the zero mark and the blistering habanero at up to 350,000 Scoville Units.
I checked the Scoville Scale for something else yesterday. I was looking for a way to measure the intensity of pepper spray, the kind that police have been using on Occupy protestors including this week’s shocking incident involving peacefully protesting students at the University of California-Davis.
As the chart makes clear, commercial grade pepper spray leaves even the most painful of natural peppers (the Himalayan ghost pepper) far behind. It’s listed at between 2 million and 5.3 million Scoville units. The lower number refers to the kind of pepper spray that you and I might be able to purchase for self-protective uses. And the higher number? It’s the kind of spray that police use, the super-high dose given in the orange-colored spray used at UC-Davis.
"Health Hazards of Pepper Spray"
C. Gregory Smith, MD, MPH, and Woodhall Stopford, MD, MSPH
http://web.archive.org/web/20000817004624/http:/www.ncmedicaljournal.com/Smith-OK.htm"One hundred years ago, an American pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville developed a... more
Like a lot of people I was angered when I watched the video of a Police Officer spraying a group of College students with pepper spray. The way in which he seemed to take pleasure in the act made it even worse. In response the students to their credit didn't respond with violence and in that I can find hope. Albeit a small amount but hope non the less. The continued heavy handedness of various Police organizations across this country in response to American citizens attempting to exercise their Constitutional rights is embarrassing. While the rest of the world struggles to over come tyrannical leaders in an attempt to have the kinds of freedoms we take for granted we are increasingly loosing those freedoms. People who want to work can't, those who do have jobs have to work more than one to get by, kids can't afford to go to college and those who are in positions of power in politics and business have decided that they only have to worry about themselves even if it means that the nation falls apart both figuratively and literally. It's no wonder people who feel powerless finally have had enough and like many times before in this nations brief history have banded together in order to take back what is rightfully theirs. No amount of Pepper Spray, catchy soundbites or a lack of permits will prevent the change that is necessary for this nation to continue to grow and eventually become what our founders imagined it could be. Although in truth they probably couldn't have even begun to imagine what the future would truly look like.Like a lot of people I was angered when I watched the video of a Police Officer... more
The tipping point is coming, officer. Which side will you be on?
http://www.billschmalfeldt.com/an-open-letter-to-our-nations-police-officers-you-are-the-99/The tipping point is coming, officer. Which side will you be on?... more
UC Davis Pepper Spray Video Two Officers Suspended-Students Protest Chancellor with intense Silent TreatmentSchool chancellor ignores calls to step down claiming she has worked hard to make the campus 'a safe place for all'
After the pepper spray incident took place, Students protested the Chancellor.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2063706/UC-Davis-pepper-spray-video-Two-officers-suspended.htmlSchool chancellor ignores calls to step down claiming she has worked hard to make the... more
Much better picture of this neanderthal assaulting the students. Clearly no justification whatsoever for what he did. I wonder how the parents of those students feel about this? They were holding a sit-in and they got pepper-sprayed. How do alums feel? He's a university cop. UC Davis owns what this guy did.
This is outrageous. Oh my God, watch this video, below - you'll see in the first seconds all you need to see. The cop walks up to a line of students just siting down on the ground, having a sit-in basically, and he pepper-sprays them, one by one, in the face at point blank range.
I'm sorry, this has gone too far. This has happened in police department after police department, and it has gone too far. Our police look like the goons in Russia and China. Please watch this video and send it to everyone you know. This has gone too far.Much better picture of this neanderthal assaulting the students. Clearly no... more
No, these police departments are no respecters of persons. Let us be clear, as the orders come down from on high to squelch this movement of the people, by the people and for the people, they will trample the rights of each and every person, even though these people are standing up for the rights of the police as well.
http://veracitystew.com/2011/11/17/the-face-of-ows-84-year-old-pepper-sprayed/No, these police departments are no respecters of persons. Let us be clear, as the... more