April 21, 2014
BLAINE, Wash. (AP) - A Canadian says he got a face full of
pepper spray after repeatedly asking a U.S. border inspector in
Blaine, Wash., to say please.
Desiderio Fortunato says he thought the inspector who told him
to turn off his engine Monday was rude and asked him to say please.
The 54-year-old British Columbia resident told The Bellingham
Herald that the inspector repeatedly ordered him to turn the car
off and then said he would spray him if he didn't.
Fortunato says he was stunned and blinded by the pepper spray
and was pulled out of the car and handcuffed. He was detained about
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Milne (MILL'-en) in
Seattle says it was a lawful order that travelers must obey. He
says the use of force is under review.
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