Jerry Sheridan, who is running to be Maricopa County sheriff, had about 40 people at his home to show how skunk water could be used for crowd control during protests that turn violent, The Arizona Republic reported.
Skunk water is created to smell as bad as skunk spray but is not the liquid spray itself.
The demonstration consisted of three people spraying skunk water at four volunteers, who wore shower caps and goggles, once Sheridan declared an “unlawful protest.”
The sheriff candidate said the method could be used as an alternative to pepper spray and tear gas to address civil unrest.
If elected, Sheridan said he pictures skunk water being used if local law enforcement requests help from the sheriff’s office for crowd control if an unlawful protest or riot breaks out, according to the Arizona Republic. He added he will protect protesters as long as they stay peaceful.
Sheridan is running against Democratic incumbent Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone in the election.
Sheridan said his wife brought up the idea after seeing Israeli authorities use skunk water online. Israeli Defense Forces first used skunk water against Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, according to HowStuffWorks.
Skunk water is reportedly “100% eco-friendly - harmless to both nature and people” but the smell can stay on skin and in the area sprayed for days.
Source: The Hill