Spicy Pork 2
This interesting bit of info popped up in Simon's trial yesterday...
While being cross-examined by Mr Oosterman's lawyer, Graeme Minchin, Mr Wickens acknowledged the use of pepper spray had been associated with deaths in New Zealand and the United States. Constable Blair Yockney, who pepper-sprayed Mr Oosterman, said he was aware police general instructions said pepper spray was not allowed to be carried by police officers rostered for duty at a demonstration without a district commander authorising it. "But I was not rostered on for duty at the forest institute protest. "Because I was rostered on for watch-house duties I had my full general-duties belt on, including OC spray, when I was called in to assist with the protest." Judge Chris McGuire has adjourned the hearing until June 24 for closing submissions.
...so let's be clear, a District Commander has to authorise pepper spray to be taken to a protest, but the cop who pepper sprayed Simon wasn't given that authorisation at all because he came straight rom watch-house duties, so the Officer who sprayed Simon hadn't been authorised to carry the Pepper Spray into a protest action. Hmmmmm