Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Experts Weigh in on Pepper Spray Used Against UC Davis Students: Dangerous and Cruel

By Rachel Swan
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Even as Amazon users are writing snarky reviews about the brand of pepper spray used against students at UC Davis, experts are weighing in on the danger and intensity of its burn. A blog posted yesterday on Scientific American explained why the ACLU has been fighting pepper spray use in law enforcement for more than a decade: Turns out it can have adverse respiratory, cardiac, and neurologic effects according to a paper written by health researchers at University of North Carolina and Duke University. They claimed that certain brands of Oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray — such as the kind used to "subdue" peaceful protesters — can cause arrhythmias and sudden death.

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