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The use of pepper spray on the mentally ill

A police officer holds a bottle of peppe

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A California court is deciding the constitutionality of pepper spray use on mentally ill prison inmates

Closing arguments were heard yesterday in a trial about whether the heavy use of pepper spray on mentally ill inmates by guards is a violation of civil rights.

The federal court case featured deeply troubling videos depicting guards spraying the irritant on screaming inmates.

LA. Times reporter Paige St. John has been following this trial and she joins host Alex Cohen.

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