UC Police Voluntarily Refrain From Pepper Spray

Two UCPD officers voluntarily refrained from using pepper spray while apprehending a shoplifting suspect last Friday. Citing recent public disapproval of the spray, which can cause a painful burning sensation in the eyes and throat, the officers opted to use their .38 caliber service revolvers to restrain the suspect until backup could arrive. “There was no need to use pepper spray in this confrontation. All it took was several bullets to the head, chest, back, and kneecaps to safely detain the suspect,” said UC Police Capt. Bill Cooper. Charges were later dropped against the suspect, who did not comment on the incident.