Bodycam Video Shows 9-Year-Old Girl Handcuffed, Pepper-Sprayed By Police
Written by Huffingtonpost on February 1, 2021
Police in Rochester, New York, launched physique digital camera footage on Sunday that reveals a 9-year-old woman being handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by officers responding to a household disturbance name.
In two movies taken on Friday, the kid repeatedly cries out for her father as officers battle to get her inside a police automotive after she argues on the road with a lady recognized as her mom.
“You’re performing like a toddler,” one officer tells the woman whereas attempting to maneuver her toes into the car.
“I’m a toddler,” the woman responds between sobs.
After a number of minutes of attempting to get the kid absolutely into the automotive, a male officer directs one other officer to “simply spray her at this level.”
A feminine officer seems to shake a can in entrance of the seated woman. A number of seconds later, the woman is heard asking somebody to wipe her eyes earlier than the automotive doorways near the audible aid of one among 9 officers that responded to the scene, in response to Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle.
The kid was taken to a hospital and later launched to household, authorities stated.
Rochester Mayor Beautiful Warren, addressing each movies at a press convention on Sunday, stated it’s “clear from the video we have to do extra in assist of our kids and households.”
“I’ve a 10-year-old little one, so she’s a toddler. She’s a child. This video, as a mom, will not be something you wish to see,” Warren stated. “This isn’t one thing that any of us ought to wish to justify, can justify, and it’s one thing we’ve got to alter.”
Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson, additionally talking at Sunday’s press convention, described the kid as suicidal and stated she additionally needed to hurt her mom.
Regardless of these obvious psychological well being issues, Warren stated that town’s Workplace of Disaster Intervention Companies, which is educated to answer psychological health-related calls, was not alerted to the scene as a result of the preliminary name to police concerned “a quantity occasions occurring on the identical time that required a police response.”
That workplace simply final week launched a Individual in Disaster Group, which is supposed to take over sure tasks from the police, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Anderson stated he expects adjustments inside his division following an inner evaluation of the officers’ actions.
“These adjustments will include really speaking to the officers themselves concerned and getting them to take a look at de-escalation, having a tactical pause when want be,” he stated.
Mike Mazzeo, president of the Locust Membership, which is the Rochester police union, additionally spoke to reporters on Sunday, dismissing issues concerning the little one’s psychological expertise of being handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by officers. He as a substitute argued that her residence life is what ought to be of concern.
“That’s what unhappy. That’s what’s disturbing,” he stated, whereas referencing the recorded argument the kid had along with her mom.
Mazzeo additional expressed concern for the officers’ psychological well-being after the incident. “A few of these officers most likely didn’t even get an opportunity to debate it till when, hours later?” he stated.
The Rochester Police Division and metropolis officers have been already underneath scrutiny following the demise of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died after officers lined his head in a mesh hood and held him in opposition to the bottom throughout a March 23, 2020, arrest.
Officers stated they positioned the hood on Prude, who was underneath the affect of PCP on the time, as a result of he was spitting they usually have been involved concerning the unfold of the coronavirus. When Prude tried to face up, officers pressured his head down onto the pavement and held him there for 2 minutes. Prude died per week later because of “issues of asphyxia within the setting of bodily restraint,” in response to an post-mortem report.
5 months after Prude’s demise, Warren introduced the suspension of seven Rochester law enforcement officials over their involvement within the incident. Town’s then-police chief, La’Ron Singletary, was additionally fired by Warren after the mayor accused him of holding her in the dead of night relating to Prude’s demise. Singletary had initially introduced plans to retire.
Town’s Workplace of Public Integrity concluded in December that there was no proof of wrongdoing by a metropolis worker in Prude’s demise. Shortly afterward, Singletary filed a discover of declare, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, in opposition to town. He’s accused Warren of pressuring him to lie concerning the collection of occasions following Prude’s demise and of firing him after he refused.
New York’s Workplace of the Legal professional Common is conducting its personal investigation into Prude’s demise. That investigation stays ongoing.
Physique digital camera footage from Friday’s incident may be seen beneath:
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