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New Haven Police Chief: No Officers Will Be Displined For Pepper Spraying Protesters In May

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Police officials in New Haven, Connecticut, say no officers will be disciplined for pepper spraying people at a protest in May.

The protest came after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Several hundred protesters tried to force their way inside the police department.

New Haven Police Chief Tony Reyes said officers pepper-sprayed into the group to make them retreat. No serious injuries were reported.

“We do not take lightly the use of force against anyone, certainly not against people that are protesting. That said … every officer involved in that protest that day acted within the color of the law. They were professional,” Reyes said.

Reyes said police are still investigating the incident and may arrest a person who threw an object at officers.

Organizers of the protest said the police report was an attempt to gaslight and intimidate protesters.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.