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No Justice for 62-Year-Old Man, Pepper Sprayed to Death by Florida Police

Nick Christie, 62, was arrested near Tampa for public intoxication about two and a half years ago. Concerned about Christie’s recent erratic behavior, his wife had asked police to take her drunk husband to the hospital — where he could take his medication — rather than haul him off to jail. But Lee County Sheriff’s Office police had another idea: They took Christie down to the station where they stripped him naked, covered his face with a spit mask, and paper sprayed him, until he died.

The District 21 Medical Examiner ruled his death was a homicide because he had been restrained and sprayed with pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers. But to this day, nobody has ever been charged with a crime, and the Lee County State Attorney cleared the sheriff’s office of any wrong doing.

It’s been more than two and a half years and his wife still can’t accept what happened.