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Pepper-sprayed fan from Spring Grove found not guilty

There are 11 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Jul 23, 2010, titled Pepper-sprayed fan from Spring Grove found not guilty. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

The Spring Grove man who was pepper-sprayed by police during a wrestling match at New Oxford High School was found not guilty of the charges against him this week.

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BlackStank

Manheim, PA

#1 Jul 23, 2010
Bad Cop
Oh Brother

New Freedom, PA

#2 Jul 23, 2010
Guess he won't be pepper spraying any more wrestling fans any time soon. I wonder if he tried to pepper spray the tractor trailer driver he ran into.
Protect and Serve

Lancaster, PA

#3 Jul 24, 2010
It sounds like the cop was a little too reckless and it caught up with him. Don't wish the guy harm, but sometimes being a little too quick on the draw causes problems. Being a little too focused on the chase instead of his surroundings cost the guy big time. Hope he recovers and turns into the best cop around. I am sure he's wiser already.
truth

Westminster, MD

#4 Jul 24, 2010
Protect and Serve wrote:
It sounds like the cop was a little too reckless and it caught up with him. Don't wish the guy harm, but sometimes being a little too quick on the draw causes problems. Being a little too focused on the chase instead of his surroundings cost the guy big time. Hope he recovers and turns into the best cop around. I am sure he's wiser already.
How did you get anything remotely close to that statement. Did you bother to read what the witnesses said?
Toby

York, PA

#5 Jul 24, 2010
Black Stank: Bad cop? You know this how?

Oh Brother: Why are you assuming that Phillips ran into the tractor trailer? The story states only that there was a collision.

Protect & Serve: Agree

truth: Because it sounds like P&S works in LE, or at least understands the situations that occur involving emotional/unruly fans.

Also: Why wasn't a continuance granted until Phillips could return from rehab & offer testimony in person?(Possibly because of the 180 days to trial rule in a summary case.) Good try, Mr. Bain - you did the best you could with what you had.
GET TO THE POINT

Hanover, PA

#6 Jul 24, 2010
A sarcastic "THANK YOU" to the court for not backing up OFFICER PHILLIPS decision! It's no wonder that respect for the law is at an all-time low when many think they can do as they please and don't have to abide by the law. A pitiful and sad situation.
Oh Brother

New Freedom, PA

#7 Jul 24, 2010
Toby wrote:
Black Stank: Bad cop? You know this how?
Oh Brother: Why are you assuming that Phillips ran into the tractor trailer? The story states only that there was a collision.
Because he ran a light chasing someone. There was another article on that one about how he was given a heroes send off for driving recklessly and putting not only his own life, but the lives of other drivers in grave danger. Not to mention destroying publicly funded property.
Good Judge

Lancaster, PA

#8 Jul 24, 2010
GET TO THE POINT wrote:
A sarcastic "THANK YOU" to the court for not backing up OFFICER PHILLIPS decision! It's no wonder that respect for the law is at an all-time low when many think they can do as they please and don't have to abide by the law. A pitiful and sad situation.
Our judicial system is based on the premise that Judges will rule based on the facts presented in evidence to them without prejudice.
All angles

New Freedom, PA

#9 Jul 24, 2010
How about the Coaches responsibility in all of this? We have been involved in Wrestling for years in this county and our Coaches have N-E-V-E-R turned to the fans and encouraged them to get loud and boisterous. THAT is the job of the cheerleaders and their Coaches.

That Coach needs to rethink his role and let the cheerleaders do their job, especially when his actions helped to incite this incident. Furthermore, cheering the athletes is fine, but did they really need to be repeatedly jumping up to encourage their team for a prolonged amount of time. I'm sure it was annoying to more than just that one man.

The article states that this man was very loud and it was pretty apparent that he was frustrated by the students and fans standing up in front of him. He paid to get in there it is reasonable for him to expect that he could watch the match without people jumping up to block his view. It sounds like he did not handle it as well as he could have, but it sounds like the school staff didn't either.

As for the police officer, why, exactly are people on this board attacking him? He was called to eject the fan by school officials. The man refused, ignored him, and remained seated. His choices were to 1) walk away 2) forcibly remove the guy and risk physical injury to the people who sitting nearby or 3) shoot 1/2 sec worth of pepper spray at the guy to get him out of there.

He did what he was trained to do. Period.
GET TO THE POINT

Hanover, PA

#10 Jul 24, 2010
Good Judge wrote:
<quoted text>
Our judicial system is based on the premise that Judges will rule based on the facts presented in evidence to them without prejudice.
And what facts were presented to this judge to make him rule this way? I read the article twice to make sure I wasn't missing something before commenting. The wrestling fan was out-of-control and a police officer was asked to escort him out of the gym. The fan was given a choice to cooperate with the directions given to him by Officer PHILLIPS but he chose to ignore him and continue his tirade. The officer responded to the situation the way he was trained and handled it properly after other means failed IMO. That $4 ticket gave the fan the right to watch the wrestling match BUT when he began getting out of hand all bets are off and he crossed the line.
Oh Brother

New Freedom, PA

#11 Jul 24, 2010
All angles wrote:
He did what he was trained to do. Period.
That is what is known as a "cop out".

Fortunately for the victim in this case the judge disagreed with the cop's so called "training".

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