Denver police recruit Mackenzie Tommell described being pepper sprayed as “searing pain.”
“Your eyes slam shut, it’s difficult to open them,” Tommell said in a video posted to the Denver Police Department’s YouTube channel. “They start to tear and water.”
Tommell, along with more than a dozen new recruits, used pepper spray (also known as OC, or oleoresin capsicum) to help them gain a better understanding of its effects and what it means to deploy that level on force.
What did Tommell experience?
“There’s a lot of mucus and spitting and crying and tears because your body is trying to push all of that substance out.”