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NEWS
December 30, 1996 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was the wedding from hell: The bride's father got into an argument with the disc jockey. Two guests who had been drinking at the reception started pushing each other. Someone called 911. When he arrived at the Collegeville Inn, police officer James C. Rupell took one look at the scene, whipped out a can of Bodyguard pepper spray, held it above the crowd, and began spraying in a sweeping motion, Rupell testified later. A pregnant woman doubled over, children screamed, and guests streamed out of the basement reception hall coughing and rubbing their eyes and faces, according to testimony from witnesses at the 1993 wedding.
SPORTS
March 8, 1997 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wheezing, coughing players and fans, their eyes tearing from pepper spray that had filtered into the gym, left Camden High in a bewildered state yesterday after Atlantic City's stunning boys' basketball victory over the Panthers. Fourth-seeded Atlantic City overcame a 14-point second-quarter deficit and jolted top-seeded Camden, 60-56, in a South Jersey Group 4 semifinal that ended prematurely because of a disturbance among fans outside the gym. No arrests were made and no one was seriously injured, police said.
NEWS
October 3, 1998 | By Mike Madden, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
What school officials described as a "mini-riot" erupted at Edgewood Senior High in Winslow Township yesterday afternoon as students filed back into the building after a telephoned bomb threat had cleared the school. Winslow Police Officer Kevin Brundage, who works full-time at the school, used pepper spray to subdue a chaotic crowd of between 15 and 20 students in a school hallway, Lower Camden County Regional School District spokeswoman Jeanne Smith said. Several students, faculty and staff members were hit by the spray and were treated by the school nurse, Smith said, but no one was seriously injured.
NEWS
March 4, 1996 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It stings like a bushel of peppers, burns the eyes, shuts down nasal passages, and drives victims to their knees in convulsive coughing and gagging. And now, packaged in three-inch black and red canisters, it is being strapped on the belts of Philadelphia police officers. There is only one problem, critics say: Pepper spray can be lethal. Since November, about 5 percent of the 6,100-officer force has been outfitted with the defensive weapon, with the rest to be trained and equipped over the coming months.
NEWS
February 21, 1993 | By S.E. Siebert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Officer Dean Miller remembered it as one of the most unpleasant things he has experienced. A small canister was pointed at his face, and in seconds, the stinging sensation of pepper hit his eyes. "It was like nothing you'd imagine. I couldn't function," said Miller, a member of the Lansdale Police Department, who was sprayed as part of his training in the use of the cayenne pepper spray. In the ever-changing war on crime, Lansdale police have spiced up their arsenal. In addition to the usual guns and batons, each of the borough's 22 officers is now carrying the cayenne pepper-based spray as an additional weapon.
SPORTS
March 12, 1998 | By Joe Wojciechowski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A game that was physical on the floor spilled into the stands, so Camden's state Group 3 boys' basketball semifinal was called with 63 seconds left to play and Long Branch declared a 58-47 winner at Brick Memorial High last night. Instead of celebrating with shouts of joy and hugs, Long Branch players ran to the locker room as fights broke out close to the Camden bench in stands filled mostly with Green Wave fans. Police brought in dogs and sprayed pepper spray to control the crowd, estimated at 2,000, and at least two arrests were made.
NEWS
April 13, 1995 | By Annette John-Hall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a peaceful "Day of Outrage," planned by students who continue to demand the resignation of Rutgers University President Francis Lawrence. Instead, it turned ugly yesterday when police, using clubs and pepper spray, clashed with protesters after they sat and blocked a busy university intersection. The confrontation between members of the United Student Coalition, which organized the march and rally, and the Piscataway Police Department was brief but intense.
NEWS
October 31, 2003 | By James M. O'Neill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When a Penn professor's husband was pepper-sprayed and arrested on campus recently, some at the university raised questions about possible racial profiling by campus police. The debate prodded University of Pennsylvania president Judith Rodin to order a committee to review the Oct. 11 incident and the effectiveness of the campus police ban on profiling. The committee is to hold its first meeting today and is expected to issue a report within four months. Lance Donaldson-Evans, chairman of Penn's faculty senate, said the faculty asked for a review because the incident "did raise questions of possible racial profiling" and because the versions narrated by the policewoman involved and Rui DaSilva, the African American man arrested, were "quite different.
NEWS
April 13, 1996 | Inquirer photos by Dirk Shadd
A gas that turned out to be a pepper spray like Chemical Mace spread yesterday through a South Philadelphia McDonald's, sending eight people to the hospital. Fire officials said it had not been determined how the pepper spray got into the restaurant.
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.
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