Berkeley Police Department is asking the city for permission to use pepper spray ahead of conservative writer Ben Shapiro’s speech and Milo Yiannopoulos’s Free Speech Week at UC Berkeley.

According to a report BPD Chief Andrew Greenwood submitted to City Council, the council established an interim policy for BPD’s use of pepper spray in 1997. The policy, called General Order U-2, stated that BPD will not use pepper spray for crowd control situations. In the report, however, Greenwood requested that the policy be changed.

“Pepper spray is a law enforcement industry standard tool that is used by virtually every major police agency in the United States,” Greenwood said in the report.”

Read more at the Daily Californian

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