Feb 15, 2021
On January 29, a nine-year-old black girl in Rochester, New York ran out of her house, upset that her mother and stepfather were arguing. When the cops arrived on the scene, they grabbed the child, handcuffed her, and tried to force her into the back of their police car. She repeatedly cried for her father. At one point, a cop told her “you’re acting like a child,” to which she lightly responded, “I am a child!”
After one cop warns it is her last chance, another cop was recorded saying: “Just spray her at this point.” And that’s exactly what they did. On the bodycam footage, a cop can be seen shaking a can of pepper spray, before spraying it in the girl’s face.
Three cops thought this the appropriate way to deal with an upset child. If parents or teachers deliberately put pepper-spray in the eyes of a nine-year-old, they would go to jail, no questions asked. But these cops were just put on leave.
Could there be any clearer indictment of this system?