Major Editorials Agree: Q-Tip Pepper Spray Is Torture: "Perhaps there is a rational explanation why deputies had no other way to disperse the demonstrators except by applying liquid pepper spray with a cotton swab directly to their eyes, or holding them in headlocks while spraying them in the face at close range."

I'm surprised I didn't see this case in the news eight years ago... but the trial is going on right now, so it's back in the news.

At the time of the Iraqi prison scandal, there was some discussion about what "tourtue" truly is -- after all, being handuffed and stuck in the back of a police cruiser isn't comfortable, yet nobody calls it "torture", so when does "discomfort" rise to that level?

I'd say a Q-Tip of pepper spray in the eyeball would qualify.


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