American agents who sprayed a 9-year-old girl with pepper spray and handcuffed her are suspended. “What happened Friday is simply terrible and rightly outraged everyone in our community,” says Mayor Lovely Warren of the city of Rochester in the state of New York in a statement.
The mayor regrets that the law does not allow her to deal with agents harder and faster. The suspension shall in any case be until internal police investigation is completed.
According to the police, the girl was seriously confused and would have wanted to kill her mother and herself. When cops wanted to take her to a hospital, she resisted and was sprayed and handcuffed, can be seen on released bodycam footage. The girl is back with her family by now.
Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan acknowledged that excessive action had occurred. The local police union said that there was no other choice because of the “limited resources” available to the police.
Rochester was in the news earlier this year when the police force in the city disbanded after unrest over the death of a black man. Daniel Prude died a week after his arrest from suffocation. In addition to the police chief, two deputies left and seven involved officers were put inactive.