Swink admits that she was still somewhat intoxicated at the time but recalled that the pain was nearly unbearable as her face was coated with oleoresin capsicum. I remember my mouth was filling with a thick slobber, like foaming up — and that was also blocking my airway." "I thought I might die," she added.
"It felt like somebody just crushed up fresh peppers and made me use them as face cream," Swink told The Washington Post. Jailhouse video appears to match Swink's description of the Nov. In the four-minute clip captured by a camera in the isolation cell, Swink can be seen struggling and coughing; she appears to pass out after her face is covered with a bright orange substance.
"You cannot find any training manual that will tell you it is allowable to pepper-spray somebody who is restrained," said Kamran Loghman, a U. Naval Academy professor who helped develop pepper spray for law enforcement use.
"There are a lot of situations that the police officers should not be dealing with, but everybody wants to blame the police." Late Tuesday, Swink filed a lawsuit in U. District Court in Ohio, accusing members of the sheriff's department of using excessive force "that amounted to torture." The filing also alleges that department officials orchestrated a coverup aimed at destroying evidence of the incident.
Plummer — who had not seen the complaint at the time he was interviewed — said he could not comment on specific accusations from the filing.
Moments later, for reasons the 25-year-old said she still doesn't understand, Sgt. Sealey approached the chair and fired a burst of pepper spray into Swink's face at point-blank range.
Swink had been arrested during a night of heavy drinking at her home that evening.
By the time Amber Swink was strapped into a restraint chair in an isolation cell, she had already been pepper-sprayed once.
Barely able to open her eyes as she struggled inside a seven-point harness at the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Ohio, Swink could hear deputies laughing.
But, he said: "We will definitely oppose the lawsuit.
This isn't that egregious where she's walked away with any serious injuries.
The officer she spit on should sue her." According to a National Institute of Justice research brief, most U. law enforcement agencies have used pepper spray since the late 1980s "as a use of force option to subdue and control dangerous, combative, or violent subjects in the field.OC, with its ability to temporarily incapacitate subjects, has been credited with decreasing injuries among officers and arrestees by reducing the need for more severe force options." An earlier paper from the NIJ — a Justice Department agency — noted that pepper spray "incapacitates subjects by inducing an almost immediate burning sensation of the skin ... When the agent is inhaled, the respiratory tract is inflamed, resulting in a swelling of the mucous membranes lining the breathing passages and temporarily restricting breathing to short, shallow breaths." But the incident in Dayton appeared to violate widely accepted law enforcement practices.