Update on the Champaign Pepper-Spraying

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Yesterday I left the impression that the mayor was supporting the officer in this incident. That is false:


The Illinois State Police on Tuesday cleared a Champaign police officer after city officials asked for a review of the amount of force he used in a June 5 arrest, but Mayor Don Gerard is rejecting that investigation as "unacceptable." 

 State police officials concluded the officer's actions -- primarily the use of pepper spray in subduing the arrestee -- were consistent with the local department's policy. The announcement affirmed the finding made by Champaign police officials following the arrest. 

Gerard said his "jaw hit the table" when he read the state police findings.

My apologies for not being more precise, and ultimately, accurate. Thanks to the commenters for pointing out the error.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/11/update-on-the-champaign-pepper-spraying/248998/