Document Type


Publication Date



The use of MACE and other chemical sprays by the police and the public has caused considerable comment and controversy during the last several years. Recognizing the seriousness of the problem, Professor Page analyzes the efficacy of present law to control the misuse of chemical sprays. In this analysis Professor Page first discusses the deve/opmellt of the use of MACE and the heated controversy that surrounds both its employment and potentially deleterious effects. He then turns to the application of intentional tort, negligence, warranty, and strict liability concepts as methods by which victims of MACE might hold the user or manufacturer liable for injuries incurred. He then concludes that although legislation exists that to some degree can be utilized to regulate the public sales of chemical sprays, it has been left to the courts to impose effective public restraints on police use of these weapons.

Publication Citation

57 Geo. L.J. 1238-1268 (1969)