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Calif. Deputy Allegedly Pepper Sprayed Teen's Pizza

August 05, 2013  | 

Photo via callmecrochet/Flickr.
Photo via callmecrochet/Flickr.
An Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff's deputy faces a misdemeanor count of assault or battery by a public officer for allegedly pepper spraying a teen's pizza during a traffic stop.

Juan Tavera, a six-year veteran, had pulled up to a vehicle stop initiated by another deputy in Laguna Hills on Sept. 8. During the stop, the deputy allegedly reached into the back seat and pepper sprayed a pizza. Later, the teen and four friends got sick, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff, Officer Misconduct, Vehicle Stops


Comments (4)

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Renee @ 8/6/2013 3:53 AM

Just wrong...what reason did he have for doing something so stupid. Are you really willing to lose your job for something so childish and stupid??

Just the Facts @ 8/6/2013 6:00 AM

A six year veteran should not loose their job over this. But they should get at least a 30 day unpaid suspention. That should give him time to think about what he did.

Rudy Medina @ 8/6/2013 10:02 AM

How do you gain , and maintain respect from those you are supposed to be policing , and doing this ??? Isn't it hard enough doing this business , without adding stupid to the mix ? I don't know if he may have meant it as a prank, and bombed , but tampering with food stuffs, that alone is a crime , causing someone to intentionally become sick, would be a Careless and reckless Assault , causing serious bodily harm ! There should be some strong disciplinary action taken, to allay others from continuing this practice , and regain the communities trust ! This officer violated both of the precepts of Law Enforcement , to Protect , and Serve !

krisnlc @ 8/6/2013 11:14 AM

To Just the Facts: Are you friggin crazy..anyone should be fired for this...a twenty; thirty or six year veteran should be fired for this...This is absolutely an assinine malicious and sadistic move...fire him, charge him incarcerate him... Police should live to a higher standard period... we cannot make excuses for officer misbehavior...just like we cannot allow perps, innappropriate behaviors unlawful, behaviors reflect negatively on the policy when the response is not exactly perfect but within the realm of law enforcement.

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