Police in Rochester under renewed criticism after body-camera footage is released of Friday incident.
Police in Rochester, New York, have come under renewed criticism after body-camera footage showed an officer pepper-spraying a handcuffed nine-year-old girl.
Video released by police showed the girl being restrained after officers were summoned to a family disturbance on Friday. Crying and shouting “I want my dad”, the girl was led to a police car and was sitting in the back seat when a male officer told his colleague: “Just spray her at this point.”
Police proceed to pepper-spray the nine-year-old, who screams and shouts: “Wipe my eyes, please.” An office then closes the door to the car. The video shows at least seven officers were present.
Rochester police were already under scrutiny over the death of a mentally ill black man in March 2020. Daniel Prude, 41, died of asphyxiation after officers put a hood over his head and pressed his head to the pavement for two minutes.