Pepper spray was recently used to stop a dangerous situation that was building between late-night club goers and local police officers. An Evansville, Indiana, nightclub let out for the night, but some of the crowd still lingered outside in the parking lot of the club for a time, prompting an incident in which police officers used pepper spray on the gathered crowd. At 3 a.m., a large crowd lingered outside the club, growing more and more unruly until police officers got involved in trying to disperse the people gathered. Officers asked members of the crowd to leave the premises and were receiving resistance from the crowd. Some members of the crowd began yelling obscenities to the officers and the majority of the crowd did not disperse.
The officers who were on the scene then attempted to arrest a 21-year-old man who had refused to leave when ordered to by the officers. During the arrest attempt, the crowd of about 200 people began to become aggressive toward the arresting officers. As the crowd surrounded the officers, the situation began to deteriorate quickly and the use of force was needed. The officers warned the crowd several times, telling those gathered to immediately disperse from the parking lot. Fearing an escalation of the situation and possible violence being perpetrated against the officers, the police began to apply pepper spray to the crowd in an attempt to keep the crowd from advancing and to encourage the people to disburse.
After the pepper spray was used, five people were arrested during the incident with a wide variety of charges. Among those charges were trespassing, public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. There were no reported injuries stemming from the early-morning disturbance. The five people who were arrested were taken to Vanderburgh County Jail.