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Teen Girl Pepper Sprayed, Charged After Bike Crash

Police say the 15-year-old was assaultive

(Newser) - Police in Hagerstown, Maryland, say officers pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car, the AP reports. Capt. Paul Kifer said Wednesday that the white officers who arrested the mixed-race girl acted properly. He says she became assaultive as officers... More »

UC Davis Tried to Wipe Pepper Spray News From Google

Firm was paid nearly $100K to manipulate Google results

(Newser) - UC Davis spent a lot of money trying to scrub pepper spray from online search results after peaceful protesters were pepper-sprayed in the face —only to generate more pepper-spray headlines for the institution. Documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee reveal that the university paid "reputation management" experts Nevins... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Pepper-Sprayed at Trump Rally Should Be Charged

They say she punched a Trump supporter in 'an act of violence'

(Newser) - Investigators said Thursday that they're recommending a disorderly conduct charge be filed against a 15-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed after she punched a man at a Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin, the AP reports. Video of the altercation on Tuesday shows the girl hit a 59-year-old man in the... More »

Officer Pepper-Sprays Passing Bikers in Viral Video

He's been placed on administrative duty

(Newser) - Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are investigating after a video surfaced showing an officer firing a burst of pepper spray at a group of motorcyclists on a highway. Members of the group say about 200 motorcyclists were traveling on Highway 287 around 3pm Sunday when an officer pulled over a... More »

Girl, 17, Faces Punishment for Fending Off Attacker

Pepper spray is illegal in Danish city

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who was attacked in Denmark may end up facing punishment herself. The teen says a man pushed her to the ground and started trying to undress her on Wednesday night in central Sønderborg when she used pepper spray on him and got away, the Local reports,... More »

Moviegoer Maces Guy Who Asked Her to Turn Off Phone

She shines flashlight in his face, then sprays him: witnesses

(Newser) - A woman fed up with getting asked to turn her phone off resorted to extreme measures last night: She sprayed her fellow filmgoer with mace, Mashable reports. A witness at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater tells the site that the man politely asked the woman several times to switch off... More »

Cops: Woman Rubs Officer's Pepper Spray Back Into His Eyes

A Florida arrest gets a little out of hand

(Newser) - When a Florida sheriff's deputy spotted two women arguing in a store parking lot, he intervened, Keys News reports—but the response was more than he bargained for. As the officer attempted to arrest Sara Henderson, 33, on charges of disorderly intoxication, he says she fought back. In the... More »

23 Hurt in Bizarre Attack at Chicago Anniversary Party

The injured, mostly kids, were treated for skin irritation from mace-like spray

(Newser) - If they hadn't already had to, a couple celebrating 50 years of marriage with family and friends is now being called to make good on the "in sickness and in health" portion of their wedding vows: Someone sprayed a mace-like substance into the yard where the anniversary party... More »

Man Pepper Sprays Prof During Lecture

...A lecture on vigilantes, ironically

(Newser) - Imagine you're in the middle of law class lecture on vigilantes, when a man bursts in, jumps on a desk, announces that he's making a "citizen's arrest," and then pepper sprays the professor. Because that's exactly what happened at George Mason University yesterday, and... More »

Mom Slaps Daughter, Dad Dies When Police Respond

Nair Rodriguez alleges police brutality in Oklahoma incident

(Newser) - An Oklahoma man died outside a movie theater in a bizarre series of events in Moore on February 15, and his wife is alleging police brutality, CNN reports. Luis and Nair Rodriguez were on a family outing to the movies with their 19-year-old daughter when Nair and her daughter got... More »

Portland to Pepper-Sprayed Protester: You Owe Us $7K

College student protester refuses to drop appeal

(Newser) - The city of Portland, Ore., is trying to claw back $7,116 from an Occupy protester one of its police officers pepper-sprayed in the mouth. Elizabeth Nichols sued the city for excessive force, claiming that she suffered excruciating pain in her eyes and throat after the incident, along with nightmares... More »

Pepper-Spraying Cop Gets Workers' Comp: $38K of It

Which is more than the students he sprayed got in a class-action suit

(Newser) - Apparently, pepper spraying dozens of protesters who are sitting peacefully on the ground in front of you counts as a debilitating—and lucrative—workplace incident. Former UC Davis police officer John Pike has been awarded $38,055 in workers' compensation for the "continuous trauma" he suffered as a result... More »

Pepper-Spraying Cop Wants Workers' Comp

John Pike, since fired, claims psychiatric injury

(Newser) - The University of California cop who gained notoriety during the Occupy protests by methodically pepper-spraying a group of student protesters says he's a victim, too. John Pike, who got fired from the university force after the incident, claims he suffered psychiatric injury and is due workers' comp, reports the... More »

NYPD Pepper-Sprayed My Babies: Mom

Marilyn Taylor sues over subway incident

(Newser) - New York police pepper-sprayed a woman and her family—including a five-month-old and two-year-old—after accusing her of trying to get on the subway without paying, a lawsuit picked up by the Courthouse News Service claims. Marilyn Taylor says she was getting on the subway with her four- and two-year-olds,... More »

Unions Vow Revenge in Right-to-Work Fight

Laws headed for court battle, 2014 showdown

(Newser) - The battle has just begun over Michigan's newly passed right-to-work laws, labor leaders vowed today. Opponents of the law have already filed two lawsuits against it, the Detroit News reports, and they intend to make it the centerpiece of the 2014 election, which will see all the state's... More »

Booker Maneuver Sparks Near-Riot at City Hall

He casts rare vote on council to help political ally gain seat

(Newser) - A dramatic scene at Newark's city hall last night: During a meeting to appoint a new council member, Mayor Cory Booker pulled a behind-the-scenes move that caused outraged citizens to storm the dais, knocking over a podium and prompting police to use pepper spray, reports . Two candidates... More »

Pepper-Sprayed UC Students Get $30K Each

Davis campus must pay out about $1M total

(Newser) - One of the more notorious incidents of the Occupy movement will result in a payday for the students involved. The University of California will pay $30,000 to each of the 21 students who were methodically pepper-sprayed by a Davis campus cop, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The school also... More »

Pepper-Sprayed Students to Receive Payout

UC Davis wants to put Occupy incident behind it

(Newser) - The University of California has agreed to cough up an undisclosed amount in damages to students and alumni doused in pepper spray during a peaceful protest last fall. Officials have approved a payment to 21 people who sued after the incident at an Occupy protest at UC Davis, reports the... More »

Pepper-Spraying Cop Leaves UC Davis

No word on what led to Lt. John Pike's departure

(Newser) - As of yesterday, the pepper-spraying cop no longer works at UC Davis. "I can confirm that John Pike's employment with the university ended on July 31, 2012," a spokesperson tells the San Francisco Chronicle . No word on what led to the lieutenant's departure. Pike became an... More »

UC Davis Head Cop Quits Over Pepper-Spray Mess

Annette Spicuzza steps down after report slams department

(Newser) - The UC Davis police chief whose officers pepper-sprayed seated protesters late last year has quit following a campus task force report criticizing her "dysfunctional" department's handling of the incident . "As the university does not want this incident to be its defining moment, nor do I wish for... More »

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