Crime

Police pepper-spray man during arrest at Memorial Library

MADISON, Wis. - Police used pepper spray to arrest a man with a warrant found sleeping in a library on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. 

The UW-Madison Police Department said officers responded shortly after midnight Tuesday to Memorial Library on State Street for a report of a man sleeping; library staff asked officers to check the man's welfare.

Officers woke the man and identified him as 32-year-old James Charles of Madison. Officers learned Charles had a warrant for his arrest. According to the report, when officers attempted to take him into custody, he resisted and refused multiple commands to stop resisting.

Eventually, one of the officers used pepper spray to subdue Charles, police said.

Charles was taken into custody without injury and booked into the Dane County Jail. He's facing tentative charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.


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