October 20, 2020 Press Releases

Release: Sheridan Uses Unapproved Method Of Crowd Dispersing In A Bizarre Campaign Stunt

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Contact: Matt Grodsky, mgrodsky@azdem.org

Release: Sheridan Uses Unapproved Method Of Crowd Dispersing In A Bizarre Campaign Stunt

PHOENIX – Jerry Sheridan, the Republican candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff, is continuing to advertise his poor decision making.

If speaking at an event to raise money for an alleged murdererbeing found in contempt of courtor being revealed to be a corrupt cop weren’t bad enough, Sheridan decided to orchestrate an event designed to showcase “skunk water” use on protesters.

After a series of date changes, Sheridan hosted his infamous “skunk water” demonstration on Sunday. The event consisted of three volunteers who sprayed four other volunteers with skunk water. The volunteers imitated protesters, before Sheridan announced an “unlawful protest.” Then, the volunteers were sprayed with the skunk water.

Skunk water was invented by the Israeli firm Odortec for crowd control purposes. A 2013 report from the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights found that contact with the skunk [water] can cause pain and redness in the eyes and skin irritation. If ingested, it can cause abdominal pain.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said to The Arizona Republic that they do not use skunk water and the method is not policy approved.

Nevertheless, Sheridan said if he were sheriff, he would view [skunk water] as part of his job to control riots.

Sheridan hosted the demonstration on his property, which also appeared to have an odd replica of a Sheriff’s Office on the grounds.

“Sheridan’s skunky record at MCSO is already disqualifying. It should come as no surprise that he is more focused on inflicting discomfort on constituents than solving real challenges, a stance consistent with his tenure of cruelty and corruption as Arpaio’s Chief Deputy. It is clear that a Sheridan administration would take Maricopa County back to the embarrassing days of Arpaio,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “While Sheridan spends his time hosting strange mock protests, Arizonans are already voting early to re-elect Sheriff Paul Penzone to a second term.”

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