Skip to comments.OC Deputy Is Accused of Pepper Spraying Teen's Pizza
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 Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 sheriffs 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.
Perhaps the officer felt threatened by the pizza.
Clearly an anti-paisano.
How is this any different than some kid messing with their food at a drive up window?
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.
One would presume a law enforcement officer would be more responsible than a fast food worker, so it’s worse, I’d say.
Maybe he mistook it for the kid’s per dog.
Saliva is seldom a health hazard if swallowed.
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.
Well, yeah, but we’re still not a police state, because nobody’s dog got shot.
Was a dog holding the pizza?
saliva didn’t make them sick
On a different topic....
how messed up would it be if your saliva was poisonous to you?
How about roach poison?
I guess its better than biting someone else’s tongue
Now if it was a bowl of chili...
FR needs a “jackbooted thugs” ping list.
Nasty cops are beginning to be quite common now.
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.