Pepper spray 2.0 could snuff violence in Minnesota hospitals
November 21, 2023
A startup firm in Crystal, Minn., believes it has an answer to rising violence in Minnesota's hospitals - a new kind of irritating spray that subdues attackers while minimizing harm to bystanders and victims.
Founder Jody Allen Crowe launched Crotega in 2014 after he said his research for a book on school shootings highlighted the need for more protective tools in the minutes before police officers respond. The former school superintendent then focused on solutions after a 2021 shooting in a Buffalo, Minn., clinic left one person dead and four injured.
"Thirty seconds to a minute of violent behavior can result in severe injuries if people don't have any way to stop it," Crowe said.