This morning, a woman pepper sprayed about 20 Walmart shoppers and their children, vying to get a limited quantity available X-Box 360 video game. They are calling it "competitive shopping.
The police were called.
Emergency medical techs were called.
It made national news.
I wonder what kinds of charges will be filed against the woman.
What she did was not that different than what police have done, using pepper spray in ways that do not conform to the proper use, as defined by police policy or the law.
The police should be subjected to the same standards used to charge and prosecute this woman. She had her children with her. She could lose her children. The police who pepper-sprayed non-violent, non-threatening, even restrained and captured protesters should lose their jobs and be subject to direct civil litigation, which, when they lose, destroys their financial lives, in addition to prosecution for criminal acts.
We also have to ask the question, did the excessive, possibly illegal use of pepper spray by police in NYC, Oakland and UC Davis, to name a few examples, prime the pump so this woman was encouraged or thought it was okay to use pepper spray in a store?