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 murderer, being found in contempt of court, or 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.