Police pepper spray 9-year-old girl in NY

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2021

"They also held an online conference on Sunday, saying that the children in the Rochester area have to be protected, with some advocates calling for the police involved in the incident to be fired".

"Rochester needs to reckon with a real police accountability problem, and this alarming incident demands a full investigation that sends a message this behavior won't be tolerated", he said.

'That was my blood that you seen off of my lip, ' the mother tells her daughter.

The mother of the 9-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed by Rochester cops during an incident caught on officer body-cam footage filed notice Tuesday that she is going to sue the city and the police department.

A female officer appears to shake a can in front of the girl.

The video released Friday shows the moments after officers arrived on the scene.


"As a human, this incident is disturbing and as a father, it's heartbreaking-this isn't how the police should treat anyone, let alone a 9-year-old girl". The girl was handcuffed and sprayed with what the police calls a "chemical irritant" in order to handle the girl.

The city of Rochester suspended the officers on Monday pending the completion of an internal investigation. I want my dad, ' the girl shouts at officers, who grip her clothing to her to keep from running. 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.

Interim Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said that the way the girl was handled was flat-out wrong.

The Democrat and Chronicle reported that prior to the release of the videos, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren expressed her concern for the "child that was harmed during this incident that happened on Friday". "There is no excuse to mace a 9-year-old girl, a child who was helplessly handcuffed and in your control", he tweeted.

A woman-identified in the video as the child's mother-got involved. They said officers detained the minor to assist her, and they were trying to get her to move fully inside a police vehicle.

Police in the U.S. handcuffed and pepper sprayed a nine-year-old girl after they were called to a report of "family trouble".


The girl has since been released to her family, but the footage has kicked off a major bout of controversy, inflaming existing tensions between police and Rochester residents, many of whom are still up in arms over the killing of Daniel Prude.

The girl screams. She pleads, "Wipe my eyes, please!"

At one point, one officer says, "You're acting like a child".

The female cop shakes her can of pepper spray and deploys it in the girl's face. "Otherwise pepper spray is going into your eyeballs".

"I was watching [the video], and I was like 'What am I honestly watching?' It was literally traumatizing, and I can't even imagine how she felt and how she must be traumatized", said Freedom March NYC lead organizer Nia White. How necessary it became to pepper spray her to take the child on the ground? "It's not", Warren said.

Mazzeo also said this: "Had they had to go and push further, and use more force, there's a good chance she could have been hurt worse".


New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Monday that her office was "looking into" what happened.

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