ROCHESTER, NY (AP) – Rochester Police on Sunday released two body camera videos of officers restraining a distraught 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and sprayed with what police called an “irritant” chemical.
The Democrat and the Chronicle reported that before the videos were released, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren expressed concern for “the child who was injured in this incident on Friday”.
“I have a 10-year-old child, so she’s a child, she’s a baby. This video, as a mother, is not something you want to see, ”Warren continued.
A total of nine officers and supervisors responded to the report of “family problems” on Friday. The girl can be heard in body camera videos of officers at the scene frantically screaming for her father as officers attempt to restrain her.
At a press conference on Sunday, Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson called the girl suicidal.
“She indicated that she wanted to kill herself and that she wanted to kill her mother,” he said.
Officers tried to force the girl into a patrol car, but she pulled away and kicked them. In a statement on Saturday, the police department said the action “required” an officer to bring the girl to the ground. Then, the department said, “for the safety of the minor and at the request of the custodial parent there,” the child was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car pending the arrival of a police car. ambulance.
Police said the girl disobeyed orders to put her feet in the car. An officer was then “forced” to spray an “irritant” on the face of the handcuffed girl, the department said on Saturday.
At Sunday’s press conference, Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan described the irritant as pepper spray. She refused to defend the actions of the agents.
“I’m not going to stay here and tell you that for a 9 year old, it’s okay to be pepper sprayed. This is not the case, ”Herriott-Sullivan said. “I don’t see this for who we are as a department, and we’re going to do the work that we need to do to make sure that stuff doesn’t happen.”
Police said the girl was eventually taken to Rochester General Hospital, “where she received the services and care she needed,” and was later returned to her family.
The Rochester Police Department has come under scrutiny since Daniel Prude’s death last year after officers from the department put a hood over his head and smashed his face against the sidewalk.