Friday, June 24, 2011

Suspect pepper sprayed and Tasered before surrendering to police

Peterborough, Ontario, police recently had to use extreme force to contain an intoxicated individual, according to the Peterborough Examiner.

Patrolling officers noticed a man in the middle of the road without his shirt shortly after the local bars closed for the evening. They asked the man to move, but he refused to listen. At this point, officers forcefully removed him from the street.

The suspect refused arrest, making it hard for the officer to contain him. After a struggle, the officer was able to get one of the suspect's hands behind his back, while a second cop sprayed the suspect with pepper spray. This led the second cop to shock the suspect with a Taser. The suspect immediately dropped to the floor, yet got up shortly thereafter and started with the officers again. A second Tasing ensued, which finally calmed the suspect.

The disruptive citizen was taken to the police station, where tests concluded that he was intoxicated, even though he is on a probation order not to consume alcohol. He plead guilty to charges of causing a disturbance, resisting arrest and four counts of breaching court orders. He was sentenced to 66 days in prison.

Trained officers are the only people that might have to deal with unruly intoxicated individuals. If you work in an area that is known for having trouble, consider purchasing pepper spray as an option for protection - when sprayed in the face of an attacker, it allows individuals to get to safety.

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