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May 12, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer was hospitalized Tuesday evening after getting attacked with pepper spray in North Philadelphia, police said. About 6:20 p.m., police were called to 25th and Diamond Streets to respond to calls of a large fight involving mainly women, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. A 25-year-old housing officer who responded to the scene was hit in both eyes with an unknown substance that later was determined to be pepper spray, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition and had his eyes flushed, Small said.
NEWS
November 20, 2011 | By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - "Chilling" video images surfaced online Saturday showing an officer at a California university calmly pepper-spraying a line of several sitting protesters, who flinch and cover their faces but remain passive with their arms interlocked as onlookers shriek and scream out for the officer to stop. The chancellor of the University of California, Davis, said she was forming a task force to investigate even as a university faculty group called for her resignation because of the incident Friday.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2011 | By Charles Mead, Bloomberg News
Wall Street protesters, joined Tuesday by Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, vowed to continue weeks of demonstrations after police squirted pepper spray at some participants and arrests mounted. About 100 people camped out with mattresses and sleeping bags in Zuccotti Park as demonstrations against what they called greed by financial-services firms and social inequality continued for an 11th day. Sarandon, who appeared last year in Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps , toured an area that includes a makeshift kitchen and library with titles such as The Wage Slave's Glossary and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not)
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September 27, 2011 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, zalotm@philly.com 215-854-5928
HOMICIDE detectives are investigating how a 48-year-old man died in SEPTA police custody after officers sprayed him with pepper spray Friday night. A sergeant in the Homicide Unit said SEPTA police responded to a call of a theft at the Wayne Junction rail yard, on Windrim Avenue near 18th Street in Logan, where they spotted Willie McCray, who had allegedly trespassed onto the property. Police said McCray ran from the officers and hid in bushes nearby, then grabbed an officer when he was approached.
NEWS
November 27, 2011 | By John Rogers, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - A woman suspected of showering Black Friday shoppers with pepper spray surrendered to authorities but was released pending further investigation after she refused to discuss the incident, police said Saturday. The woman, whose name was not released, is suspected of firing pepper spray into a crowd in order to clear a path to a crate of Xbox video game players that were being unwrapped late Thanksgiving night at a Wal-Mart in the upscale Porter Ranch section of the San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
November 27, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Using pepper spray on a man he thought was a robber cost a 48-year-old South Philadelphia man his life. Tony Campbell, of Leithgow Street near Carpenter, never recovered from a beating on Manton Street near 4th on July 18. Campbell died of "multiple injuries" on Oct. 26, said Assistant District Attorney Kenneth McDaniel. He was battered after spraying Chevez Holden, 19, following an argument and fistfight at about 11:30 p.m. This week, Holden, of Morris Street near 7th, was ordered to stand trial on a murder charge following a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Frank T. Brady.
NEWS
April 12, 2011 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Henry School in Philadelphia was temporarily evacuated this afternoon and 15 students and five adults were treated for exposure to pepper spray, school district spokeswoman Shana Kemp said. Philadelphia police are investigating how the spray was released in the school just outside the cafeteria about 12:50 p.m., as students were leaving lunch. "We're not sure if it was a student or an adult. We think it could have been a student," Kemp said. It was the second case today of pepper spray being released at the school at 601 Carpenter Lane in West Mount Airy.
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December 12, 1997 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Twenty-three students and two teachers at the Hatch Middle School in Camden were treated at three hospitals yesterday after authorities say a 15-year-old student discharged a canister of pepper spray in a classroom. The youth was arrested and charged with juvenile delinquency. He was being held in the Camden County Youth Detention Center pending a hearing in Camden County Superior Court's Family Division. Lt. Joseph Richardson, a police spokesman, said the incident occurred at 12:30 p.m. in a second-floor classroom at the school, in the Parkside section at Euclid Avenue and Park Boulevard.
NEWS
September 27, 1998 | By Donald D. Groff, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Federal Aviation Administration says it's now OK for passengers to pack small containers of pepper spray in their checked bags. The agency revised its restriction on self-defense sprays in response to requests from passengers and flight crews who want the protection once they reach their destinations. The agency noted that the new allowance makes it unnecessary for passengers to bring the sprays into aircraft cabins where any release could hurt passengers and incapacitate flight crews.
NEWS
April 13, 2011 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Henry School in Philadelphia was temporarily evacuated Tuesday afternoon, and 15 students and five adults were treated for exposure to pepper spray, school district spokeswoman Shana Kemp said. Philadelphia police are investigating how the spray was released in the school just outside the cafeteria about 12:50 p.m., as students were leaving lunch. "We're not sure if it was a student or an adult. We think it could have been a student," Kemp said. It was the second time that day that pepper spray was released at the school at 601 Carpenter Lane in West Mount Airy.
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September 4, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A PATCO transit police officer suspended in May after an altercation with a passenger has been fired, the Delaware River Port Authority announced Friday. "We have made a determination that the incident reflects actions inconsistent with our organizational core values and in direct conflict with the high standard of conduct we demand from our law enforcement officials," CEO John T. Hanson wrote in a statement. The decision came after the Camden County Prosecutor's Office decided not to file charges in the incident.
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July 31, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
A SEPTA Transit Police officer who deployed pepper spray through a fence at protesters during the Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia this week was found to be justified in his actions, according to a SEPTA spokesman. The incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, begins with the officer calmly deploying the pepper spray at protesters, one of whom attempts to shield his face with a homemade sign. Among the people hit by the spray is Anna Marie Stenberg, 69, a pro-Bernie Sanders protester from California.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A Rhode Island man arrested during protests outside the Democratic National Convention was carrying three "throwing knives" as he breached the eight-foot fence surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Jeremy Graber, 31, of Woonsocket, was among the seven demonstrators arrested Wednesday night by the Secret Service for using bolt cutters to bypass the security perimeter during the tense protests that have erupted nightly outside the convention site. Authorities signaled in court that they would seek to detain him until his trial on charges of entering a restricted zone.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer was hospitalized Tuesday evening after getting attacked with pepper spray in North Philadelphia, police said. About 6:20 p.m., police were called to 25th and Diamond Streets to respond to calls of a large fight involving mainly women, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. A 25-year-old housing officer who responded to the scene was hit in both eyes with an unknown substance that later was determined to be pepper spray, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition and had his eyes flushed, Small said.
NEWS
April 24, 2016
Police, hoping to identify a sexual predator, on Friday released surveillance photos of a woman fighting off an assailant in South Philadelphia. The attack occurred about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 1300 block of Wharton Street, police said. The 19-year-old woman was walking on the street when she sensed someone was following her and pulled her pepper spray, said Capt. Mark Burgmann, commander of the Special Victims Unit. The man pounced from behind and forced the woman to the ground, pulling down her dress down and exposing her breasts in the process, police said.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A ROBBERY SUSPECT was fatally shot by a police officer yesterday in Oxford Circle after the 45-year-old man "body slammed" the cop when the officer's Taser and pepper spray failed to subdue him, according to police. The officer, a 17-year veteran whose identity wasn't released, was patrolling on foot on Castor Avenue near Greeby Street about 4 p.m. when he saw the suspect allegedly robbing a 35-year-old man of his cellphone and cash, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the 39-year-old cop approached, the man refused to surrender and began a "violent struggle," punching the officer several times in the face, Small said.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A city police officer shot and killed a 45-year-old man during a violent confrontation in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 4 p.m. in the 6500 block of Castor Avenue, near Greeby Street, a Second District officer on foot patrol saw a strong-arm robbery of a 35-year-old man on the sidewalk, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The officer tried to stop and frisk the suspect, and the confrontation "turned into a violent struggle," Small said. The suspect punched the officer several times in the face, Small said.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer - already on desk duty after being accused of aggressive behavior on patrol - was sued Thursday by a man who says the officer handcuffed him to a fence and beat him with a nightstick. Officer Philip Nace was pulled off the street this fall after he was seen in two YouTube videos. One showed Nace speaking insultingly to two men during a stop-and-frisk; the other showed him knocking over a basketball hoop. The lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that in May 2013, Nace grew violent after responding to the scene of a domestic dispute.
NEWS
August 7, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A TENNESSEE MAN was nearly duped by a distraction scam in a South Jersey hotel room Saturday, focusing his full attention on a prostitute while another woman went through his pockets, police said. Police in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, said Rudy Quintana, 41, was "employing" Saketa Wills, 19, of Norristown, early Saturday inside a room at the Clarion, about 10 miles west of Atlantic City on the Black Horse Pike, when a woman identified as her "partner," Tenasia Washington, 18, of Plainfield, Union County, tried to steal his wallet and cellphone.
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