Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Handcuffed Michigan fan pepper-sprayed in face (PHOTOS)

Photos have emerged of the moment a police officer sprayed a handcuffed Michigan Wolverines football fan in the face with pepper spray from point blank range.

The incident occurred Saturday during Michigan's game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania and the photo has gone viral.

The man had allegedly struck a female usher and was resisting arrest when he was sprayed.

The Michigan fan appears to have his arms secured behind his back by police officers as they try to escort him away from the crowd.

But the man's face is twisted in pain as a full blast of spray is aimed near his right eye. Photos show he had already been sprayed in his left eye leaving a trail of what appears to be blood across his face.

Some members of the crowd are oblivious or unperturbed by the scene as they smile and clap during the game, while others turn and watch in shock

A man called Bryan claimed to be at the scene and told Deadspin:

"I was sitting in the section next to this guy. He was standing for every play with his buddy and became confrontational with those around him. The people behind we're getting p***** and some lady actually had enough and hit him. Mid way through the 2nd after Michigan had scored he started taunting everyone and it looked like he was about to start a fight in the stands. Security came up and escorted him down to the front when he grabbed the railing and refused to leave. He ended up talking some swings at the state police who were arresting which is why he got pepper sprayed."

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