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.
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.
Well, it looks like he's facing misdemeanor assault and battery charges for spraying the Pizza.
Tampering with food is a federal offense, which means that Washington could face up to 20 years in prison if he’s found guilty of the crime.
Originally posted by xuenchen
After being found guilty by a jury of his peers, the punishment should be as follows:
1. 30 days strapped in a secured chair in a locked room.
2. food and water from the worst pizza place known.
3. at random times, pepper spray shall be released in close proximity.
4. no bathroom privileges.
5. medical monitoring at the discretion of the department of corrections.
6. video tape verification for the victims.
Originally posted by honested3
Because you are so perfect and have never done anything in your life deserving of the same treatment? It sounds to me like this officer has some sort of anger problem, and needs to undergo psychological evaluation. Obviously it was wrong to "spike" the kid's pizza, but I am sure its nothing a nice check from the gubmint' cant fix lol. But enough with the over-the-top punishments, imagine if everything you ever did wrong in your life was done back to you in the same fashion. "So as you judge, the same will you be judged, and to the same measure."
Originally posted by boncho
What if the pizza was brought home for his family which included a 5-7 year old? I think he ought to be charged with assault.
Or forced to eat a can of pepper spray. Either would suffice.
Originally posted by Thecakeisalie
What a callous and dangerous act.
Pepper spray is made from capsaicin, the 'hotness' in a pepper. As a pepper grower I know how powerful pepper spray can get.
A Jalapeno is hot enough.
Habeneros are 100 times stronger than Jalapenos.
Ghost peppers are three times hotter than Habeneros, and can induce heart attacks.
Pepper sprays are more potent than ghost peppers.
So not only was this cop incredibly cruel, but could've been a murderer as well. Forget about being demoted to paperwork, he needs to be charged, suspended, and forced to see a shrink. Nobody in their right mind would do this, especially an officer whose seen the effects of pepper spray first hand.