Police investigate incident in which officers used pepper spray

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said police are investigating an incident early Sunday in which officers used pepper spray outside a Champaign nightclub.

According to a police report, officers were called to Bradley's, 1906 W. Bradley Ave., C, at 1:35 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a fight.

When police arrived, they found what the report described as "a large fight" in progress outside the bar, and pepper spray was used.

Police arrested Xavier J. Gladney, 26, who listed an address in the 200 block of Foxwell Court, Champaign, for aggravated battery, and Lamar M. Johnson, 30, who listed an address in the 200 block of Foxwell Court, Champaign, for resisting and obstructing an officer.

A 31-year-old Champaign woman also reported being battered by a man during the incident.

Daniels said police have begun an investigation of the incident.

"Every use of force report is reviewed by police command, including when pepper spray is used," Daniels said on Monday night. "We are aware of the fight that occurred at Bradley's, and the lieutenant in charge of the district will be looking into it."

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yeahokay wrote on November 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Are you freaking serious? Is this real life?


"We are aware of the fight that occurred at Bradley's, and the lieutenant in charge of the district will be looking into it."


A quote like that implies that the NG is digging for a story. The slant of this article is purposely inflammatory. The police department used pepper spray to diffuse a large fight outside of a bar that is notorous for fights that historically have VERY QUICKLY escalated out of control.  That's crazy, and it's certainly a news story! We had better alert the major networks.


http://www.safetygirl.com/pepper-spray-kits.html


http://www.pepper-spray-store.com/pocket.shtml


Those are links where the regular person can buy pepper spray. It's not a violent weapon. It's a useful tool for gaining compliance or distracting and therefore incapacitating the bad guy so the police can safely detain them with less risk for a violent fight and/or the victim can get away.


Hey N-G, I heard there's some Sheriff's Deputies on patrol right now with Tasers on their belts! :-O Tasers are scary, we better create a controversy over them!


Someone told me once a Tolono officer has a baton! OH MY LORD!
 


I heard a rumor that there's a Mahomet cop on duty right now and they might have a patrol rifle secured in their vehicle. OHHHHHH the HORROR!!


Here's the scariest part, a little birdie told me there's an Urbana officer on patrol right now who is carrying a pistol in a holster on his belt!!!!! >:-O OH THE HUMANITY!

Let's take away everything our protectors carry to enforce the laws! No rifles, no shotguns, no sidearms, no tasers, no batons, and DEFINATELY NO PEPPER SPRAY! Take away the handcuffs too because they could put those on too tight and pinch someones wrist cruelly and unusually! If they can't gain compliance with nice soft talking and smiles they shouldn't be doing the job!


Also, the cops shouldn't be able to wear bullet-resistant vests to work, because that gives them an unfair advantage.


How about we quit creating controversy for no reason. Stop writing stories with a slanted perspective that tears away at the mis- or un-informed public's perception of the amazing men and women who keep us safe.


 

ChampaignMom wrote on November 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Right. This is okay with you because you have no children. Or, more precisely, you have no BLACK children, so you know this problem will never touch you. But reasonably intelligent people in this town don't want the police to be free to herd their high school or college age kids with pepper spray. I think this is an atrocity and I think the kids involved should be able to file official complaints anonymously so they don't have to fear retaliation. Obviously, the officers involved aren't volunteering their names for the same reason. 

Pepper spray is very painful, can definitely do long term damage, and can even be fatal. This town needs to hold the police accountable, before they come across YOUR kids on a dark night.  

Urbanagirl2 wrote on November 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm

They are not "kids"...these MEN are adults in the eyes of the law. If you were a police officer, what would you have done to restore order to a large fight of intoxicated men? 

By the way, I love how you threw the race card out there...Nothing in the article stated that the men were black....

ClearVision wrote on December 04, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Sorry "Mom" but I teach my kids to be good citizens. If in spite of my best efforts they choose to ignore my advice and example they may very well encounter police, pepper spray, arrest, and jail. That is life. (For what it's worth, so far they haven't fallen far from the tree-- good students, active in the community, and.... no arrest record. Imagine that, "Mom.")

danvillenative wrote on November 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I agree this paper is actually wasting space for this article. Oh my gosh a cop used pepper spray to control a fight. Imagine if this paper tried to cover a city like chicago, the only articles u would see see would be on use of force or should I say abuse of force. Even in Danville where they use tasers would create enough articles to cover this paper with the crime they have and must deal with with force. I wonder if a random crowd was fighting in the middle of the ng office, how would they want the police to handle it?

shurstrike wrote on November 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Lamar Johnson?  DIdn't he play for the White Sox in the late 70's?

news123 wrote on November 29, 2011 at 1:11 am

I sure hope not since it says that he is only 30...

Local Yocal wrote on November 29, 2011 at 2:11 am
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The problem is the police didn't just pepper spray the two involved in the fight. They pepper sprayed the entire crowd, many of whom weren't fighting. There may be forthcoming complaints about this type of indiscriminant use of the OC spray.

Wesley of Champaign wrote on November 29, 2011 at 6:11 am

Ok....Ok, how about water cannons? The "Night Club" calls for help to disperse a fight outside their front door. Upon arrival, the Champaign Police observe a large group in what appears to be a fight. Maybe 8 or 9 officers have to confront a group of 60, 70, or even 80 people that are obviously in a knock down drag out fight. Without any idea who's involved, if there are people with deadly weapons here, no information other than a large group in what seems like a fight and theres probably alcohol involved. Possibly, an extremely dangerous situation. Also it's 1:30 am and dark, people scattered everywhere screaming and yelling at the police to do something. No, no OC spray....no water cannons quickly... call the Champaign City Council, the Mayor....oh and the city manager, they can fix this. The police will surely hurt someone or spray someone with that dreaded OC stuff. Better yet....just let them fight it out. If the police get involved, someone will surely get hurt and these people here are not really doing anything wrong.....just a loud disagreement. Let the police do their job, like make your children go to school, council you while you beat the crap out of your wife or issue speeding tickets. I say ....take all their tools away and issue them spray cans of whipped cream. That should end the problem of all this police violence.......................oh,....I like it........

John O'Connor wrote on November 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

Funny that the first thing that comes in to your mind is using water cannons on the crowd. Ah, the good old days...

auntsonyas wrote on November 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

This is a very serious story that the Champaign police and the News-Gazette weren't going to address until they were called on it in a post on another article. My 19-year-old son and several other kids, primarily African-American or biracial, were pepper sprayed while trying to get to their cars. Everyone was leaving the building, but a cop started spraying pepper spray randomly through the crowd to get them to move along. My son was not fighting, had not been drinking, and was not posing any threat. He was blinded by the spray and lost among the confusion and hysteria caused by the police. Once his friends found him and brought him home, his face, neck, and ears were badly burned and we treated him non-stop for several hours with cold water and milk before he could stand the pain. His eyes are still red and nearly swollen shut. The officer wasn't arresting the kids he blinded, didn't take their names, call for medical assistance, or see that they got home safely once they were put in severe agony and could no longer see. I want to file a formal complaint against the police but I know nothing will come of it just like nothing has come from any of the other recent complaints filed with the Champaign police dept, and I'm afraid my son would be the one to suffer retaliation from the police once they know his name. He's a good kid who doesn't understand why anyone, particularly the police, would want to hurt him so badly. The police have lost his trust for life. Pepper spray is a very painful deterrent and should not be used for routine crowd control. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

A 19 year old is not a "kid".   He was in a bar when a fight broke out.   Anyone gawking, inciting, or obstructing should have been dispearsed.   He learned a lesson hopefully.   Maybe, he learned where not to be; and what not to do the next time.   If he had been hurt in the fight, there would have been a complaint that the police did not do enought to protect the innocent.  When people act responsibily, and orderly; they have no problems with the police in any community.

Yea Right wrote on November 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Amen, Sid!  Tired of hearing the  "my kid did nothing" story.....

danvillenative wrote on November 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

Eyes burned for hours and eyes still swollen shut. Come on its pepper spray it burns for a couple hours, wash it out, and ur fine. And why are u complaint for ur 19on year old son. He's an adult, if he thinks he was mistreated then he should speak out

Gulf_vet wrote on November 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

You don't know what you're talking about. OC spray burns the skin for at least 8 hours, and the damage to the eyes lasts for days. It's so strong that it might as well be acid. You'd be singing a different song if you'd ever been sprayed yourself. It should only be used on perps who are posing an immediate threat, and never on bystanders who are not under arrest. The police know that. This town can't move forward until every officer abusing his power is named and publicly brought to justice. And I'm not talking about paid leave. 

fuddrules wrote on November 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

The police should just have a big barracade wagon.  Roll it onto the scene, barricade all the idiots that want to fight inside and wait until it's over.  Whatever happens, happens.


That way they won't have to use any force at all and eventually the idiots will eliminate themselves.


 

mankind wrote on November 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

There will have to be a serious pattern of allegations against the cops before we ever have a citizen review board. Oh, scratch that, we've already got that and nothing has happened... Well then, there's going to have to be some pretty compelling video evidence of police misconduct before we talk about a citizen review board. Whoops, scratch that, too, we've already seen it and still nothing has happened... So what do the cops have to do before their actions get reviewed by someone other than their friends?  Shoot a child? ... What's that, you say? Kiwane who?

Yea Right wrote on November 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Oh wow, bringin up the Kiwane card again, yes, its sad that happened.  But why was he running from police?  Was he taught that by his "responsible" parents.   "Son, if you're guilty of something, you better run like hell".  It starts with the parents, and its a trickle effect down to their children, then the parents want to say "my child wasnt doing anything wrong"....same ole story, different day.

John O'Connor wrote on November 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm

So, in other words, if you're doing nothing wrong, then you have nothing to fear from the police. While many of us think this is highly dubious, it is a favorite canard of some police and many 'law and order' types.

If this is true for citizens, then shouldn't it be true for the police? If you counter that review boards can be biased or make mistakes, then it also follows that the police can be biased or make mistakes.

A review board will open up the process and let all citizens have a voice in how we as a community police ourselves.

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

A review board may help.  However, the laws are the same.  Until people obey the laws, the police using force will be necessary.  A review board is just that.  It reviews the actions of the police to determine if the proper procedures were followed.  It doe no allow a community to police itself ignoring the existing laws.  It does not address social-economic problems.  It addresses the use of police procedures.  A review board may help if it does not become a vehicle for causes other than police procedures.  Hopefully, my comments will not be removed for disagreeing with you, John. 

Jsmith68 wrote on November 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

If you are standing around outside a bar watching a fight then you are just as much of the problem as the fight.  You should keep walking and get as far away as possible.  Pepper spray is a non-lethal excellent tool to end situations like this.  There will be situations in which people will get some of the overspray.   Go home, wash up, and chalk it up to a learning experience. 

Gulf_vet wrote on November 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Pepper spray would have been the appropriate tool to use on Kiwane Carrington. The tool that was needed to move this crowd to their cars is called a bull horn. The officers have both, and they have specific guidelines telling them which to use in which circumstances. It's not even a judgment call. The department knows this is a growing problem. When officers ignore their training and go rogue, it's up to the citizenry to hold them accountable.

LeslieM wrote on November 30, 2011 at 1:11 am

First of all it wasn't a race related incendent. It was a bar there were alot of people there. So stop using the race card like I have said before it is over played. Second of all I don't care how much you want to sit here and say your child was an innocent bystander. If he were anywhere near that crowd of people fighting he wasn't innocent. To stand there and watch a fight is about just as bad as doing the fighting yourself. Third of all as big as that crowd was anybody that was sober and had a brain would have removed themselves from the situation before the cops arrived because we all know the cops use pepper spray. Would you have rather had the cops run in with guns drawn and shooting? GET OFF THE PEPPER SPRAY HATE. I WOULD RATHER MY KIDS EYES HURT THEN TO HAVE A HOLE IN HIS BODY. Makes me sick everytime I get on here and some incendent happens that involves african american's and everybody wants to scream racial. You can bet your sweet butt if it would have been all white people there and there was a fight with that may people they would have went in and done that same thing. You need to stop whining about it and start doing something about your children that want to act up.

vnconn wrote on November 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I am so sick and tired of people bringing racism into their comments on these stories.  Nowhere in the article did it say anything about the race of the people in the fight. Take your opinions about racism to facebook or your own blog if you want to talk about it so badly.


I am also sick and tired of people breaking the law and then whining about it when the cops have to take action.  I mean what do you think is going to happen when you are A. publicly intoxicated and fighting, or B. not pulling over when an officer tries to stop you in your vehicle. or C. you are breaking into a house and you get caught.  Police have to take action to keep everyone else and their property safe, this is their job.  STOP BREAKING THE LAW and nobody gets hurt.


Oh, and to commentors referring to the MEN who were arrested, 26 & 30 year old men are not kids, neither are 18 year olds.  If you are old enough to vote you are an adult, period.