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Videos show Rochester officers pepper-spraying 9-year-old

Posted at 10:04 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 10:04:26-05

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester have released two body-camera videos of officers restraining a distraught 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and sprayed with what police called a chemical “irritant.”

The Democrat and Chronicle reported that prior to the release of the videos, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren expressed her concern for the “child that was harmed during this incident that happened on Friday.”

The girl can be heard in the videos screaming frantically for her father as the officers try to restrain her.

At a news conference Sunday, Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson described the girl as suicidal.