Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The spit mask: Keeping saliva off the officer, and pepper spray on the prisoner

The spit mask—or spit hood or spit sock or spit net—serves a reasonable goal: It protects law enforcement personnel from the potentially deadly bodily fluids of an aggressive detainee. If used properly, it’s perfectly safe; but it can be used unnecessarily, or even inappropriately, as when it’s used to trap pepper spray on its victim’s skin, or when it contributes to a choking death.

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