New police violence scandal in the US … The video of officers handcuffing and spraying a nine-year-old black girl in Rochester, NY, sparked renewed outrage over the methods used by the police.
According to Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson, the girl, whose identity was not disclosed, was suffering from an urgent mental crisis and appeared to be threatened with suicide and killing her mother. Police called on-site on Friday responded by handcuffing her before attempting to force her into a car and using pepper spray when she resisted, as released by city police officers on Sunday.
Police said they were “forced” to use handcuffs and pepper spray to ensure the girl’s safety. But Rochester’s black Mayor Lovely Warren has condemned the use of force against a child and promised an internal investigation into the city’s law enforcement practices. “I have a ten year old child, he’s a child, he’s a baby. As a mother, this video is not something you want to see,” she said. Sunday at a press conference.
This is the second time in a year that Rochester police officers have been implicated in violence against African Americans following the death in March of Daniel Prude, who fell into a coma and died after being held on the ground by police.
The police had put a canvas hood over his head, called a “spit hood” because he spat on it and claimed to have the coronavirus. The death of Prude, who was also suffering from a mental crisis at the time of her arrest, had sparked investigations and large protests.