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OC Deputy Is Accused of Pepper Spraying Teen's Pizza
NBC Southern California ^ | Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 | Christina Cocca

Posted on 08/03/2013 7:14:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The deputy allegedly sprayed the pizza without the teen's knowledge

An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy is facing jail time after being accused of pepper spraying a teen's pizza without his knowledge during a traffic stop last year, prosecutors said.

Juan Tavera, a six-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at the time of the alleged crime, faces one year in jail if convicted of spraying the pizza and ultimately sickening five people who ate it, according to a release by the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Tavera, 30, allegedly pulled over a 19-year-old named as John Doe for a traffic violation on Sept. 8, 2012, when he noticed a pizza in the back seat and pepper sprayed it without the teen noticing, the release stated.

The teen returned home to share the pizza with four friends, and all five people became sick as a result of ingesting the pepper spray-contaminated pie. He became suspicious and notified the sheriff’s department of his interaction with the deputy, the DA's office said.

Tavera is charged with misdemeanor assault or battery by a public officer and is set to be arraigned Monday in Newport Beach.

He is currently on paid administrative leave.


TOPICS: Food; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; napl; warriorcops
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Hown unAmerican is it to molest pizza?
1 posted on 08/03/2013 7:14:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Perhaps the officer felt threatened by the pizza.


2 posted on 08/03/2013 7:15:59 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway
pulled over a 19-year-old named as John Doe

Uh huh.

3 posted on 08/03/2013 7:16:41 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: nickcarraway

Clearly an anti-paisano.


4 posted on 08/03/2013 7:16:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

How is this any different than some kid messing with their food at a drive up window?


5 posted on 08/03/2013 7:18:49 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: nickcarraway

Thank goodness the teen didn’t have a dog in the car. We all know how that would have turned out. Thugs with badges certainly ought never to get PAID administrative leave.


6 posted on 08/03/2013 7:21:51 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

One would presume a law enforcement officer would be more responsible than a fast food worker, so it’s worse, I’d say.


7 posted on 08/03/2013 7:21:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: driftdiver

Maybe he mistook it for the kid’s per dog.


8 posted on 08/03/2013 7:24:02 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Saliva is seldom a health hazard if swallowed.


9 posted on 08/03/2013 7:24:33 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: nickcarraway

Or is the 19 year old crying wolf to get the officer fired for pulling him over? Not that hard to get your hands on pepper spray.


10 posted on 08/03/2013 7:25:17 PM PDT by 4mybiz
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To: nickcarraway

Well, yeah, but we’re still not a police state, because nobody’s dog got shot.


11 posted on 08/03/2013 7:26:32 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: driftdiver

Was a dog holding the pizza?


12 posted on 08/03/2013 7:28:40 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: MrEdd

saliva didn’t make them sick

On a different topic....

how messed up would it be if your saliva was poisonous to you?


13 posted on 08/03/2013 7:29:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: MrEdd; Lurkina.n.Learnin

http://infectiousdiseases.about.com/od/respiratoryinfections/a/kissing.htm

Bleah.


14 posted on 08/03/2013 7:30:07 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: MrEdd

How about roach poison?


15 posted on 08/03/2013 7:31:03 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: GeronL
Aaaack! I bit my tongue!


16 posted on 08/03/2013 7:31:45 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: Salamander

I guess its better than biting someone else’s tongue


17 posted on 08/03/2013 7:33:34 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

Unacceptable!

Now if it was a bowl of chili...


18 posted on 08/03/2013 7:35:34 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: nickcarraway

FR needs a “jackbooted thugs” ping list.
Nasty cops are beginning to be quite common now.


19 posted on 08/03/2013 7:38:13 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: 4mybiz

I can’t believe somebody could eat a pizza with OC on it. That stuff is nasty. Just walking into an area with a little bit sprayed around is very apparent.


20 posted on 08/03/2013 7:38:33 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: nickcarraway
Tavera, 30, allegedly pulled over a 19-year-old named as John Doe for a traffic violation on Sept. 8, 2012, when he noticed a pizza in the back seat and pepper sprayed it without the teen noticing, the release stated.

Why do I have the feeling something is missing from this story?

Like how you manage to pepper spray a pizza in the back seat without the driver noticing?

Even if the back window is open you still have to reach in and open the box, spray the pizza and then close it back up.

And pepper spray does have an aroma. Or at least it use to. Now days who knows.

21 posted on 08/03/2013 7:41:46 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: USNBandit

Was also wondering....how could they have eaten it that way?????


22 posted on 08/03/2013 7:44:37 PM PDT by Shimmer1 ("What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." John Adams)
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To: 4mybiz

I’m curious how an officer is able to access the rear seat, open the box, discharge pepper spray, close the box, get out of the rear of the car .... all without being noticed. ‘Cause damn, that is some Ninja level skills.

Now I understand that I am unique in that I have a violent reaction to CS gas and pepper spray. But I can tell when some pepper spray has been deployed blocks away.


23 posted on 08/03/2013 7:50:22 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: GeronL
Snarf!


24 posted on 08/03/2013 7:54:11 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: Salamander

ouch... a kissing snake


25 posted on 08/03/2013 7:55:38 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

Some Americans prefer a little spice on their pizza =)


26 posted on 08/03/2013 7:58:54 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: 4mybiz
“Or is the 19 year old crying wolf to get the officer fired for pulling him over? Not that hard to get your hands on pepper spray.”

The incident happened 11 months ago and was investigated by the DA’s office. Hard to believe the teen made this up and fooled the DA’s office.

27 posted on 08/03/2013 8:01:05 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: GeronL
A FReeping snake.


28 posted on 08/03/2013 8:03:56 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: GeronL
A snake wearing a pink sweater.


29 posted on 08/03/2013 8:05:28 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: Salamander

lol.

why does a snake need a sweater?


30 posted on 08/03/2013 8:06:16 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Salamander

What is his screen name?


31 posted on 08/03/2013 8:07:29 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

I didn’t read the whole article but was pepper spray detected on the pizza, if so, then it makes sense it was the deputy.

If not, maybe they all got food poisoning?

Anyone know?


32 posted on 08/03/2013 8:07:37 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: GeronL

Because pants won’t stay up.

:)


33 posted on 08/03/2013 8:07:46 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: GeronL

He doesn’t have one.

I post on his behalf.

[which explains the typosssssssssssss.....]


34 posted on 08/03/2013 8:08:54 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: Salamander

Is that his wife? How long have they been married?


35 posted on 08/03/2013 8:14:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Salamander

Is that a Massachusetts Kerry Snake?


36 posted on 08/03/2013 8:15:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: GeronL; Salamander

No, because it’s cold blooded.


37 posted on 08/03/2013 8:15:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“He is currently on paid administrative leave.”

Yep. That’s what the average citizen would get, a paid vacation courtesy of the taxpayer.


38 posted on 08/03/2013 8:15:59 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: nickcarraway

LOL


39 posted on 08/03/2013 8:18:47 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: nickcarraway

OMG...way to kill the joke, Mr Literal.

;D


40 posted on 08/03/2013 8:19:33 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: nickcarraway

When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore

But when the pie makes you cry and the cop is at fault
That’s assault


41 posted on 08/03/2013 8:19:47 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Slings and Arrows

“This food is too bland officer”


42 posted on 08/03/2013 8:28:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Salamander

“Most snakes can’t wear pink, but it works for you”


43 posted on 08/03/2013 8:30:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

LOL

“thilly thnakes”


44 posted on 08/03/2013 8:31:30 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: Salamander

That looks like...nevermind.


45 posted on 08/03/2013 8:55:41 PM PDT by Shimmer1 ("What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." John Adams)
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To: AlexW

Try a search for the “donutwatch” keyword.


46 posted on 08/03/2013 8:56:40 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
I'm sure the investigation will show that the pizza threatened the officer.


47 posted on 08/03/2013 9:01:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

He could see assault pepperoni in plane sight.


48 posted on 08/03/2013 9:07:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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He could see assault pepperoni in plane sight.

What are you droning on about?

49 posted on 08/03/2013 9:13:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
What are you droning on about?

Dat right dere is funny.

50 posted on 08/03/2013 9:24:12 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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