The agents, who were attending an occurrence of ‘family problems’, had the action recorded by the cameras they carry in their own uniform
The police of the city of Rochester, state of Nova York, released a video of an action in which agents handcuff and spray pepper spray on a nine-year-old girl. The scenes were recorded last Friday, 29, by the security cameras that are installed in the uniforms of the police. According to the American daily newspaper USA Today, the agents were taking a call for “family problems” in which the child’s mother asked for her daughter to be handcuffed because she feared she would hurt herself or someone else. In the video shared on Youtube, it is possible to see that the child is agitated by the approach of the mother and begins to call repeatedly for his father, who was not present at the place, while refusing to enter the vehicle. The agents express concern about the girl having hypothermia, since the day was quite cold that day, with snow accumulated on the ground.
The girl comes to push and kick one of the policemen to try to escape and, at a certain moment, it is possible to hear an agent saying: “You are acting like a child”. To which she replies: “I am a child”. At one point, the agents react by handcuffing her and placing her in the back seat of the vehicle while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. The police themselves claimed to have splashed pepper spray on the girl when she disobeyed the commands to get into the car. In the video, you can hear a policeman saying, “At that point, just spray it.” Deputy police chief Andre Anderson claims that the girl has shown suicidal desires and wanting to kill her own mother. The child was taken to Rochester General Hospital under state mental health law and received the care he needed before being taken back to his family. See the video:
The case is reverberating in the North American press, since the police of the U.S has been accused of having unreasonably violent actions, mainly since the death by asphyxiation of George Floyd. In an interview with USA Today, police chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan assured that this behavior will be worked on internally. “I’m not going to stay here and tell you that a nine-year-old girl being hit by pepper spray is ok. It is not. I don’t see it as who we are as a department and we are going to do the work that has to be done to ensure that this type of thing does not happen, ”he said. The president of the Rochester police union, in turn, asked that the case not be tried by the population before all the information goes public. “I’m not saying that there are no better ways to do things. But it is not a simple situation ”, he argued. Of the total of nine agents who participated in the action, one was suspended and two others were placed on administrative leave.