A Queensland police officer who let himself be pepper sprayed in the face by a man is being withdrawn pending investigation

A senior police officer who was shot in the face by a partygoer for a video is at risk of losing his job forever as he has resigned over the incident

  • A senior police officer has been removed from Queensland Police
  • He was filmed allowing a citizen to pepper spray himself
  • The video was posted to a private Facebook group and then leaked
  • An investigation into his actions announced on December 28

A senior Queensland police officer has been fired and is at risk of losing his job forever after a random partygoer sprayed him in the face with his police-issued pepper spray.

Queensland Police confirmed on Thursday that the senior police officer, who works at a Gold Coast station, was fired on January 13 following an investigation into the December incident.

Footage showing the police officer attending a pool party and handing the man his pepper spray went viral on December 28 after it was posted to Facebook.

Video showed that the officer did not intervene when the man sprayed police-issued pepper spray, also known as OC spray, directly into his eyes, doubling in pain.

“The QPS is taking this matter very seriously and is actively being investigated by the Ethical Standards Command,” a Queensland Police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.

A senior police officer was removed from Queensland Police after footage surfaced of him not interfering with a citizen spraying himself with police-issued pepper spray (pictured).

A senior police officer was removed from Queensland Police after footage surfaced of him not interfering with a citizen spraying himself with police-issued pepper spray (pictured).

The video was shared in a Private Police Facebook group with the caption “DIY OC. New Year’s Resolution: Don’t let members of the public use my OC… EVER!!!’

Other shots from the pool party were captioned: “Pepper sprinkled by the cops but make it more DIY (do it yourself)”.

Pepper spray is considered an “assault weapon” in Queensland and is illegal without a proper license and registration.

According to the Queensland Police Force’s Operating Procedures Manual, pepper spray is considered “a less-than-lethal use of force option that can help police officers and security guards resolve incidents involving violent individuals.”

“In most cases, using OC Spray helps police officers and security guards control a person with minimal physical contact,” the handbook suggests.

The handbook also advises officers that they have a duty of care to anyone hit with pepper spray and “to assist in their recovery.”

The video was leaked to a private Facebook group before it was leaked on December 28, sparking an investigation that led to his resignation

The video was leaked to a private Facebook group before it was leaked on December 28, sparking an investigation that led to his resignation

Pepper spray is made from chili peppers and is considered a lacrimal agent — a chemical compound that stimulates the corneal nerves in the eyes, causing tears, pain, and even temporary blindness.

The spray can also cause breathing problems if it gets into the lungs.

The effects usually last no more than an hour and are used by police to subdue violent suspects or to calm crowds during riots and protests.

Weapon use is illegal in all Australian states and territories.

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