An Army study concluded that pepper spray’s active ingredient, “is capable of producing carcinogenic effects, sensitization, cardiovascular toxicity, as well as possible human fatalities.” Very illuminating ACLU report on pepper spray circa 1995 (aclu-sc.org
) The Pepper Spray Police Used on UC Davis Protesters appears
to have a 1.3% Major Capaicinoid solution. The only time a spray is more potent? When it's meant to stop a freaking bear. Few new law enforcement technologies have attracted as much attention, or created as much controversy, as Oleoresin Capsicum, (“pepper spray” or OC”), which was legalized for use by California law enforcement agencies in October, 1992. It was legalized for civilian use in March, 1994. By May 31, 1995, California police officers and sheriff ’s deputies had used pepper spray nearly 16,000 times— in the last year at an average rate of 24 times a day statewide. Since 1992, the beginning of a three-year “provisional certification” of pepper spray concerns have mounted about health risks associated with OC, especially fatalities among suspects in custody who had been sprayed. The provisional certification is scheduled to expire in on Aug. 1, 1995. In this report, the ACLU of Southern California identifies 26 deaths among people who were pepper-sprayed by police officers in the period Jan. 1, 1993, through June 1, 1995. The fatality total suggests that one person dies after being pepper sprayed for about every 600 times the spray is used by police.
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