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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: -2°C

# Pepper Spray

This month
March 2023
# Georgia
Thousands protest in Georgia against 'foreign agents' bill after police clamp down
Last night, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters.
All time
# rochester
US police pepper-sprayed 9-year-old girl, footage shows
The video sparked new outrage over excesses committed by the country’s law enforcement.
# non lethal force
Gardaí used pepper spray more than 250 times so far this year
There have been eight instances of Taser use and one report of use of a firearm.
Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period
The requirement was introduced by gardaí in 2010 to help GSOC gather evidence.
# Your Say
Poll: Should pepper spray be legalised in Ireland?
Pepper spray and taser guns are currently illegal to possess here.
# rural ireland
No plans to legalise pepper spray or tasers in Ireland
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said it isn’t possible to police rural Ireland the same way as Dublin.
# Kinnegad
Gardaí use batons and pepper spray to break up massive wedding brawl in Westmeath
Guests at the wedding assaulted one another with keys and glass bottles.
# cleared
Gardaí cleared following allegations of pepper spraying woman and 'refusing her water and medical attention'
GSOC investigated the complaint and deemed it “neither reasonable nor practicable to carry out any further investigative steps”.
# Dublin
Investigation finds garda use of pepper spray against homeless man was justified
The investigation was launched after a video went viral showing the garda arresting the man on Dublin’s Henry Street.
# self-defence
Protecting yourself with pepper spray is illegal and that's not changing
The minister says protecting citizens is the job of the gardai.
# the kyle files
Here's the moment Jeremy Kyle got pepper sprayed in Magaluf
There are just so many layers to this.
# frustrations mounting
Remember the protests in Hong Kong? They're still going - and are more violent
This is the third month of the protests, and police used pepper spray and batons on the students overnight.
# Arrests
Anger outside Coolock Garda Station after water charge protesters are arrested
Protesters claim pepper spray was used, however, the gardaí would give no confirmation.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Everybody’s talking about the youths arrested over St. Patrick’s Day assault, Leo Varadkar and Callinan and those no make-up selfies.
# not such a happy meal
Man charged after kicking in door and attacking McDonald's staff with pepper spray
He has been charged and is due to appear in court next week.
# lockout 2013
Lockout protest: Mini-march, TD jostled and pepper spray
Although the turnout was lower than expected at today’s Dáil Lockout protest, there were a few tense stand-offs.
# Lockout
Two hospitalised after gardaí use pepper spray during Dublin protests
A third person was treated for injuries related to a fall when people tried to break through barriers outside Leinster House.
# no holds barred
Amazing voicemail describes old ladies beating man with umbrella
Man crashes into a car full of old ladies and then they assault him.
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with added Xtra-vision memories
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Dublin 8
Man charged after pepper spray discharged in Tivoli Theatre
Four theatre-goers were believed to be affected but none required hospital treatment.
# Robbery
Gardaí seek witnesses to robbery at Castleblayney jewellery shop
Diamonds and gold jewellery were stolen after a Co Monaghan jeweller was pepper-sprayed during a raid yesterday morning.
# Black Friday
Woman who allegedly pepper-sprayed Black Friday crowd surrenders
The pepper-spraying was just one of a number of incidents across the US on the notoriously busy kick-off to the Christmas shopping season.
# Black Friday
Shopper pepper-sprays Black Friday crowd in push for Xbox
Police are looking for a woman in Porter Ranch, California who reportedly injured 20 people at a Walmart store with pepper spray as the shop opened early for the annual sale.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
Catch up on the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# occupy
Two officers suspended over pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters
Shocking video shows University of California Davis campus police liberally dousing students with pepper spray during a non-violent protest. Two officers have been suspended and an investigation ordered – however the university’s chancellor has refused to step down over the incident.
# Superhero
Photos, video: Seattle 'Superhero' Phoenix Jones in court
Self-styled crime fighter Phoenix Jones, aka Ben Fodor, was in court over allegedly assaulting several people in a pepper spray incident earlier this month.
# UK
Investigation launched over death of man Tasered by police
It is believed the man who was shot with a Taser gun was also suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds. The death is the third in eight days connected to police use of Tasers and pepper-spray in the UK.
# UK
Man dies following police pepper spray use in England
An investigation has been launched into the second death in police custody in England in the course of a week.