Rochester Police officer body cam footage police officers responding to a woman accused of shoplifting. The mother who opened her bag so officers could inspect it ran after the police turned away.
Three weeks following a 9-year-old child being pepper-sprayed by Rochester police.9-year-old child being pepper-sprayed by Rochester police. Another similar incident has occurred—this time to a black mother with mental illnesses in the presence of her toddler child.
According to news reports, a police officer in Rochester, New York, has been placed on administrative leave. Following video footage released showing the unidentified officer pepper-spraying a black woman in front of her 3-year-old daughter.
According to body cam footage, on February 22, police officers responded to a woman accused of shoplifting. The mother who opened her bag so officers could inspect it ran after the police turned away. When officers caught up with her, one of the officers tackled her and wrestled her to the ground. While another officer dragged her 3-year-old daughter as she was screaming. Holding onto her daughter’s hand, screaming out, “she didn’t do anything.” The officer ordered her to stop grabbing her daughter. He then turned her around and pepper-sprayed her in the eyes, and proceeded to handcuff her. As her daughter stood there crying. Once the child was in her grandmother’s care, the officers drove away.
Following the incident, in a separate video, one of the officers told the black woman that he had to use a karate-chop method to get her to let go of her daughter. He added that she made herself look guilty by running from the scene, and he had no choice but to restrain her.
“You ran away from us and caused a big scene,” the officer said.
As a result of this incident, one of the Rochester officers were placed on administrative leave, and the black woman accused of shoplifting was charged with trespassing. Although the child was not pepper-sprayed or injured during the arrest. The 3-year-old toddler could have still been exposed to the chemicals due to how close she was to her mother.
Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement regarding this incident calling the videos “disturbing.” Warren also stated that change will not come until officers are fully held accountable when violating the public’s trust.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.