9-Year-Old Black Girl Handcuffed and Pepper-Sprayed by Police in New York
The officers were called to the child’s home following a report of ‘family trouble’
The Rochester, New York, police department has released body camera footage of a nine-year-old Black girl being restrained, handcuffed, and pepper-sprayed by officers last week.
The officers were called to the child’s home following a report of “family trouble,” and she was taken into police custody. When the child resisted physical restraint, police retaliated by pepper-spraying the girl.
At one point, one officer says, “You’re acting like a child,” to which the girl can be heard responding, “I am a child!”
Later in the video, a female officer is seen talking to the girl, eventually saying, “This is your last chance, otherwise pepper spray’s going in your eyeballs.” About a minute later, another officer can be heard saying, “Just spray her at this point.” The female officer is seen shaking a can that appears to be pepper spray and the child continues to scream.
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