Ohio police chief pepper-sprayed 15-year-old girl

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton’s police chief is defending his use of pepper spray on a 15-year-old girl
accused of assaulting people at a downtown street fair last weekend.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says he was helping officers break up a large fight at Friday’s Urban
Night celebration downtown. He said the girl approached the crowd from behind him and began assaulting

He tells the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1qYEf0K ) he used his
department-issued pepper spray on the girl, who was put into a cruiser and given decontamination
treatment. She later was released to the custody of her sister.

Biehl says because he was already dealing with an unruly crowd, pepper spray was the only way he could
stop the girl.

The city manager will investigate to determine if Biehl acted appropriately.

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