Pepper Spray Sends Sando Moore to Hospital

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Mr. Sando Moore, the publisher of The Images monthly magazine, who was one of the victims pepper sprayed by unidentified police officers, has been admitted at a local Chinese Clinic in Monrovia.

Mr. Moore, who was on assignment to cover the Liberia/Togo crucial encounter on Sunday June 5, told journalists right after the incident that he would sue the Liberia National Police for its action.

The incident occurred at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium when chaotic arrangements by sports officials forced police officers to pepper spray soccer fans, with many fainting and being attended to by medical staff on the field.

Prince Mulbah, deputy director for operations at the Liberia National Police told journalists at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium that there were issues outside the stadium with soccer fans and the police was dealing with it.

He could not explain how inside the stadium proper, where food is sold, got pepper sprayed. He also blamed the handlers for poor tickets handling; for selling more tickets than the stadium could contain.

However, LFA President Musa Bility said tickets were resold by those responsible to manage them.

Prince Mulbah was not specific as to why fans were pepper sprayed and said on several radio networks that everything was being done to put the situation under control.

Meanwhile, after coughing with tears in his eyes, Mr. Moore threatened to sue the police because being a diabetic, the pepper spray increases his chances of suffering from his condition, which eventually sent him to a local Chinese Clinic.

In a telephone interview on Saturday after he had returned home, Moore said he was getting better; and on his facebook page, he asked his friends to pray for his recovery.

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