Several people bear sprayed on George Street

Colin MacLean
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Several people were blasted with bear spray on George Street early Sunday morning.

Police responded to the incident at 1:30 a.m.

No one was seriously hurt by the spray.

There have been no arrests as of yet and the RNC investigation is ongoing.



Geographic location: George Street

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  • AM
    August 20, 2012 - 18:06

    PM....since you asked.... this is just one article I found just now but I read several others recently that told the same story and in one, even Halifax ranked better than St. John's this past year......either way, articles and ranking are useless compared to personal experience. The city is much much different from what I remember it and that was not that long ago.....I felt safe 6 or 7 years ago walking in St. John's but not anymore......and its more than just skeets although I do agree there is a large number of them in St. John's.....organized crime, and drug use and the crimes that come along with it are most definitely on the rise and at an alarming rate. If St. John's is not one of Canada's most dangerous cities not, it will be in a couple of years if it keeps up like this! And that is sad because it is a beautiful city with mostly beautiful people!

  • seanoairborne
    August 20, 2012 - 16:10

    AM is right and you're wrong PM!A recent survey taken by the Gov of Canada placed st;john's 7th on the list of the most violent cities in Canada, statistically!The story was carried by the Telegram about a month ago.Get your facts straight before spouting bogus facts of your own and trying to make someone else look ill informed?

  • JIM
    August 19, 2012 - 21:58

    jd: you just dont get it. the law of the land is made in ottawa, not st. john's. liberal governments in ottawa ( federally ) over the years have made a complete joke of the justice system and the youth justice act. they watered down crime bills with the help of their ndp buddies. they made it easier for criminals who commit serious offences to apply for early parole if convicted, and even house arrest for murder, rape, robbery, and so on. may i suggest you do some research on how the laws of canada work. those die-heart hug-a-thug liberals are the reason we have this problem.

  • tally
    August 19, 2012 - 21:39

    this is occuring more and more often...not good for tourism if they come to george street and end up blind from some drugged out skeet trying to start trouble. they need to start keeping track of who buy bear spray in the stores, it is at least one way to help. another is for the city to work on de-skeeting these people. get them off welfare drugs etc

  • Robert
    August 19, 2012 - 20:53

    First of all there are victims here and they did not deserve some low life spraying anything at them. Also didnt you know crime pays alright, pays the court system,the government and every other low life who profits from violence. we all know who the biggest crimials are!

  • yes b'y
    August 19, 2012 - 15:10

    FOrget the bear spray! last time I was down there ya needed cougar spray!

  • JIM
    August 19, 2012 - 14:03

    another cracker-jack on the loose. if or when they are caught the good old mickey mouse court system will set them free. all those die-heart hug-a-thug liberals and their ndp buddies would cry foul and say its cruel to punishment someone for using bear spray.

    • JD
      August 19, 2012 - 17:24

      Jim, not sure if you realize this, but the Cons have quite the majority government here in the province. These slaps on the wrists that are given out to the "cracker-jacks" you refer to reflect more on the actual government in power than the opposition. Maybe you should do some research before you start criticizing some of the only people who might be able to change this province for the better.

  • AM
    August 19, 2012 - 10:57

    Wow.....this place really seems to be going downhill. No doubt drugs were involved in some way. The person who did would have to be high or completely insane to do something like this......I lived in St. John's years ago and it was a beautiful city and I am appalled by how quickly the crime is going up and how this once safe and beautiful city has now been named one of the most dangerous cities in Canada to live in......why on earth these pieces of trash that are contributing to this want to destroy their own city is beyond me......

    • PM
      August 20, 2012 - 08:08

      AM, can you please tell me where you found this publication that states that St. John's is named "one of the most dangerous cities in Canada to live in"? The crime rate appears to be a little higher lately, and there is a rampant skeet population here, but it is definately not on of the most dzangerous places to live. McClean's ranked NL 9th out of Canadian provinces in 2011, and for cities it rank St. John's 25th. I agree that we could do better than 25th, but we are no where near the top. It appears that nost violent crimes are commetted by skeets to skeets, so as long as you are not a skeet, the city is safe.