Michael Castleman described a tear gas test in his book Crime Free: In April 1981, in cooperation with the ABC television program “20/20,” the Ventura County, California, Sheriff’s Department arranged a unique experiment to test it.
It was not until the 1990’s that law enforcement began to replace their Mace canisters with OC referred to as pepper spary, which simultaneously became popular for personal safety since the early and mid 1990’s.Pepper spray has remained a popular personal protection or quick fix device.The effects of OC in pepper spray involve severe irritation to the respiration, eyes, and skin.The officer sprayed the criminal with his canister of pepper spray numerous times.The officer was mentally distracted and surprised when the pepper spray was not working. He relied on what he was told instead of using another option.In the mid 1990’s a police officer was killed because he was led to believe, by those same manufacturers, that pepper spray would work on everyone.
A violent criminal who had just walked out of his house after beating his wife confronted the officer who was walking up to the house in order to answer the call he was dispatched.
Often those contaminated will experience constriction of the trachea may create a feeling of panic and a involuntary coughing sensations, “I can’t breathe.” Some people experience temporary loss of strength and coordination.
Often the sinus membranes begin to produce more mucus as the upper respiratory system becomes inflamed.
Breathing is impaired by the constriction and swelling of the trachea, which reduces the intake of oxygen and causes excessive and uncontrollable coughing, gagging, and gasping for air.
Most people will experience severe involuntary twitching or involuntary closure of the eyes.
Pepper Spray has been purchased as a popular chemical personal protection device since the early-mid 1990’s.