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The New Definition of Having a Bad Day

From Portland, Ore. — official planning model of the city of Charlotte — comes this tale of woe. The Oregonian reports:

A Portland police officer accidentally used pepper spray instead of a fire extinguisher on a man who lit himself on fire downtown near a fur store Wednesday. … When the officer went to get a fire extinguisher out of the trunk of her patrol car, she accidentally grabbed a large can of pepper spray used in riot control. … The officer, who has been on the job for fewer than 10 years, did not know she had used pepper spray until she got back to central precinct, [police] said. Another officer found the empty can later at the scene.

Yikes! I mean yikes. The man later died a local hospital.

7 Responses to “The New Definition of Having a Bad Day”

  • Jan
    29
    2010

    Well now we all know that pepper spray will put out a fire.. What a horrible way to die.

  • Jan
    29
    2010

    This pepper spray was evidently water-based. The man was evidently mentally ill and his father says that this was a suicide. Still. Wow.

  • Jan
    29
    2010

    When I read “on the job for fewer than,” I usually expect to see “10 days” or “10 weeks,” not “10 years.”

  • Jan
    29
    2010

    Yeah, Joe. I guess Portland does not expect full competency from its officers until they have been on the job for 20 years.

  • Jan
    29
    2010

    Could be worse. In the South Park movie, when Kenny sets himself on fire while lighting a fart, Cartman tries to put out the flames by repeatedly hitting Kenny with a stick. What works, eventually, is an entire dumptruck full of salt being dumped on him.

  • Jan
    29
    2010

    Think about it: if this had been CMPD and a RoMo hire, we’d be told that the burning man was simultaneously attacking the officer, who used the pepper spray in self defense. RoMo’s people don’t make mistakes.

  • Jan
    29
    2010

    She EMPTIED the can and then LEFT both the man AND the can? I don’t think the man is the mentally ill one here.

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