Methodist priest pepper sprayed by police just for the H of it
Posted by Charles II on November 16, 2011
I was alone in full alb, stole and cross when six officers turned their spray on me thoroughly soaking my alb and then one officer hit me full throttle in the face.
I praise the courage and compassion, the discipline and the decency of the Occupy Movement. Out of the rag-tag mob came help, grabbing my hands, leading me (I was blind by then) to the wall and administering care and concern for my well-being.
The protesters were assembled around all the wounded, and maintained the discipline of nonviolence (granted the nonviolence was in behavior but not language). And they were not afraid.
The spraying had been a baptism sealing them into the security of knowing that their prophecy of repentance was indeed the Spirit-Word through them – it is as if they did not prophecy their very bones would melt within them. Against the wall in increasing pain and burning I realized I was in the midst of church.
The police, on the other hand, were afraid. Their quick use of chemical warfare reveals how cowardly they are. The unwillingness of their commanders to maintain discipline reveals how incompetent they are becoming.
The only tool in their bag is brutality and like a drunken-raging father beating wife and kids, the police have increasingly disgraced themselves. Step by step, they are being shaped into the front face of fascism, the emerging police state that protects the property interests of the Marie Antoinette’s who have seized control of our government, commerce, media, military and increasingly the Church itself.
My question to my clergy colleagues is this: “Where are you? How much longer can you preach without practice? How dare you remain protected in your sanctuary while your people (the rag-tag mob of the least, last and lost whom Jesus loved) are slaughtered doing that which God has commissioned you to do (prophecy!).
“Where are you? Who have you become in this age of baptism by pepper spray? Do you not know how much power you have to stop our national descent into chaos? Don’t you realize that the world is your parish and right before your eyes the Spirit of God is doing a new thing?
“Can’t you hear that God’s judgment is upon the land? God is against the thieves that bankrupted our nation. God is against the armies of the Beast who pillage other lands in our name, and turn and destroy our people on our own soil.
“Are you blind? – Perhaps you need a baptism of pepper spray in your eyes to restore your vision.”
I never knew Methodists could get that excited. Good for Lang.
Tocicity information here:
Capsaicin causes conjunctivitis, periorbital edema/erythema, ophthalmodynia, blepharospasm, blepharitis,corneal abrasions, and lacrimation. In a retrospective study of 81 patients who presented to the emergency department following aerosol exposure from law enforcement use of OC, 56% of individuals developed ophthalmodynia, 44% conjunctivitis, 40% conjunctival erythema, l3% lacrimation, and 9% corneal abrasions (Watson et al., 1996). Another study involved exposure of 47 human volunteers to OC for evaluating effects on the cornea and conjunctivae
(Zollman et aI., 2000). All subjects reported significant eye pain, blurred vision, and lacrimation 10 min after exposure to OC pepper spray, but symptoms improved by 1 h later. Corneal abrasions were not apparent, but 21 % of subjects showed evidence of punctate epithelial erosions and reduced corneal sensitivity. Corneal abnormalities were absent 1 week after exposure. Another human study identified 23% of subjects (7 of 30) with corneal abrasions following aerosol exposure to OC spray (Watson et al., 1996). In mice, a single subcutaneous injection of 12.5, 25, or 50 mg/kg capsaicin causes corneal changes characterized by neuronal axon degeneration in the corneal epithelium
(Fujita et aI., 1984).
That’s assuming you aren’t very young, very old, or asthmatic, in which case you might choke to death.
How can officers of the law stomach themselves? If most of us had to do that for a living, we’d end up on suicide watch.
Added: As PW notes in comments, an 84-year old woman was pepper sprayed, as was a pregnant woman. The mayor has apologized. My point in highlighting the attack on a religious leader who was there as a peacemaker and the trampling of a Bible is that we are late in the day. These kind of things do not happen until things are serious.
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