As an old spokesman myself, I’d like to applaud Elaine Driscoll for a particularly inspired job of turning lemons into lemonade:
The department stopped using its 13 pepper-spray guns after a shot from one killed the Emerson College student, Victoria Snelgrove, 21, of East Bridgewater, Mass., in October 2004. The police were using the weapons to disperse the crowd after the Red Sox won the American League Championship. Ms. Snelgrove was hit in the eye with a pellet while waiting for the crowd to clear so that she could get her car from a garage.
Elaine Driscoll, a police spokeswoman, said Thursday that the weapons, FN303 pellet guns, would be melted down and made into sewer caps.