Rochester Cops Shown Cuffing, Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl

Rochester Cops Shown Cuffing, Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl

"We don't just have a simple put someone in handcuffs and have them comply", he said. She called the incident "deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable". An officer was then "required" to spray an "irritant" in the handcuffed girl's face, the department said.

The girl's identity was not released and the video was blurred to provide anonymity. Officials have not identified the girl.

The investigation comes months after Rochester was rocked by protests in the wake of the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died previous year after officers from the department put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the pavement.

The details leading up to the events are unclear as the video was edited by police.

Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said at the press conference that it was not okay to have the girl pepper sprayed, the outlet reported. It's not. I don't see that as who we are as a department, and we're going to do the work we have to do to ensure that these kinds of things don't happen, ' she said. Police say her mother was anxious the girl would harm herself or others.

In Friday's incident, police were responding to an emergency call reporting "family trouble", Rochester Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson said. Officers then pushed her to the ground and handcuffed her, reports say.

After the girl tried to run away, officers handcuffed her and tried to take her to a hospital in the patrol auto.

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"From what was observed, it didn't appear as if she was resisting the officer", Anderson said. The child was treated at a hospital and released to her family. Another officer said, "just spray her at this point", and the girl could be heard screaming from being sprayed shortly after. You're acting like a child, stop" - to which she responded, "I am a child! "As the officers made numerous attempts to try to get her in the vehicle, an officer sprayed the young child with OC spray to get her in the auto". She began arguing with the girl. He also said that the girl "thrashed around" and kicked an officer.

"I'm not saying there are not better ways to do things", he told the newspaper. I want my dad, ' the girl shouts at officers, who grip her clothing to her to keep from running. So sit back. Come on, this is your last chance or pepper spray is going into your eyeballs. Police eventually get the girl seated with her feet outside the vehicle, but while one officer says they'll get her father, others tell her they "don't care" what she wants. "Unbelievable", an officer said after the vehicle door was closed.

The mayor of Rochester, N.Y., ordered the city's police chief to immediately suspend officers who were involved in Friday's pepper-spraying of a child, the city announced on Monday. According to the Rochester Police Department, as officers investigated, one was approached by the parent of a minor who said her child was going to cause harm to herself and others, before she ran away from the residence.

Warren said the Police Accountability Board will review the incident.

"I have a 10-year-old child, so she's a child, she's a baby". While walking the child to a patrol auto, she fell to the snowy ground, began flailing arms and screaming she wanted to see her dad.

"I want my dad", the girl desperately screams in a second video. "It's something we have to change. It's not", Warren said. She added that officers must have compassion and empathy when dealing with "a child who is suffering in this way".

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