Rochester Cops Shown Cuffing, Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl

A nine-year-old Black girl was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by police in the US city of Rochester

Rochester Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson previously described the girl as suicidal, saying that she indicated she wanted to kill herself and her mother.

Footage circulating online showed the march and ensuing rally, including the moment protesters overturned a metal barrier erected outside the police station, allowing them to advance to an inner fence surrounding the squad auto parking lot.

The police officials eventually drove her to a hospital.

The incident has prompted condemnation from the police chief, elected officials, and civil rights organizations alike, and intensified scrutiny on a police force that has been under a public microscope since news of the death of Daniel Prude at the hands of officers surfaced last September.

'I'm very concerned about how this young girl was handled by our police department. "And Mike Mazzeo did exactly what he was trained to do to protect this institution, and that was to demonize a child and immediately tried to discredit the feelings of the community members that he is charged with 'protecting and serving'".

Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriot-Sullivan, while not criticizing the officers involved, also did not defend them.

Afterward, he said, her mother arrived and the body camera video shows the two arguing. "It really meant to be what we call in the State of Florida, a Baker Act where you're going to transport somebody to be evaluated", he said.

"I am a child", the girl yelled in response.

As law enforcement officers try to get the girl in the patrol auto, she pleads with officers to get the snow off her. At one point in the video, she asks them to remove the snow from her, complaining of the cold. As police struggle to force the girl inside the auto, they continue to threaten and cajole her.

The girl continued to plead for her father.

"It's absolutely unacceptable, period, unacceptable, when I seen that, it hurt me to my heart", Meeks said, speaking to the crowd. Two officers discuss the use of pepper-spray and as the girl continues to refuse, one officer says, "Just pepper spray her at this point". The girl frantically responds, "I am a child". Video footage shows an officer chasing her and attempting to provide assistance, telling the girl to "come here" and assuring her she was "not in trouble".

A lot of what they'll get rid of, but what will they do if the girl's really trying to kill herself or harm someone else?

"This is not something that any of us should want to justify", Warren said, adding that she saw "her baby's face" when she looked at the 9-year-old girl.

'I'll find your dad, okay? I'll get your dad, I promise'. "This is your last chance", a female officer is heard saying, "otherwise pepper-spray is going in your eyeballs". She was being detained to be taken to the hospital, from where she was later released. She then fled from the residence.

He then says that as a department they are "not making any excuses for what transpired" But it kinda sounds like that.

'Please wipe my eyes.

As the girl screamed, officers successfully placed her into the back seat of the vehicle and shut the door. As they try and push her into the vehicle, one of the officers says "You're acting like a child".

The officers try to get the child to sit back in the auto.

She said the existing Person In Crisis team and the Monroe County (N.Y.) Forensic Intervention Team were not called during this incident because of the nature of the original 911 call.

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