Rochester Police Seen Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl in Footage
Feb 04 2021
But the girl manages to pull away and kick the officers.
"You're acting like a child", a male officer can be heard telling the girl.
"I am a child!" the girl responded. No, please, no! Stop!
"I got her", he added.
A few seconds later, the girl screams as she is hit with pepper spray and then begs officers to wipe her eyes.
"This is your last chance, otherwise pepper spray is going into your eyeballs", said a female officer.
A custodial parent called the police and reported she meant to cause self-harm to herself and others.
Why this child was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed-besides being Black-is anyone's guess.
Police released a statement on Saturday, on which they said that the girl's actions required an officer to take her to the ground.
"This is not something that any of us should want to justify, can justify and is something we have to change". The 9-year-old did not want to speak to him. Our children are being traumatized, treated like they are not human.
At least nine police officers and Rochester Police Department supervisors could be seen in the police body cam footage arresting an unarmed nine-year-old girl. The first thing that officer did was grab the little girl.
'I got custody. You're my child.
While the child was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle with her hands cuffed behind her back, she was screaming and resisting. Charged as an adult, she pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and was given an indefinite sentence. Two other officers involved in the incident, which happened last week, have been placed on administrative leave.
Rochester Police Department said it would review bodycam footage and "conduct an internal review to make sure policy has not been violated". "And Mike Mazzeo did exactly what he was trained to do to protect this institution, and that was to demonize a child and immediately tried to discredit the feelings of the community members that he is charged with 'protecting and serving'".
Office of Crisis Intervention Services is trained to respond to mental health-related calls.
Police in the USA handcuffed and pepper sprayed a nine-year-old girl after they were called to a report of "family trouble".
Mayor Lovely Warren ordered the officer's removal after meeting with Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, the release read.
The protest continued moving toward a police station. In response to the incident, several state legislators authored a bill that would prohibit the use of chemical agents by police on anyone under the age of 18. The same office last week introduced a Person in Crisis Team, which is meant to take over certain responsibilities from the police, according to a Democrat and Chronicle report. Such rapid responses show that the state fears a growing uprising from the resistance to police terror.
Demonstrators take part in a protest over the death of Daniel Prude, in Rochester, New York, on Sept 5, 2020. Protesters faced regular, violent repression from the RPD, but the movement shows no sign of slowing down.
This is the kind of brutal policing Black people-even children-face from American policing.