Police video shows an officer in Maryland pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl who refused to cooperate after her bicycle hit a car.
The body-camera video was released after an attorney for the girl’s family posted a bystander’s video on Facebook, expressing outrage and accusing the officers of “aggression from the get-go.”
The girl pepper-sprayed by police said she fought the officers because she was dizzy, confused and scared after her bicycle hit a moving car, briefly knocking her unconscious.
The girl and her mother spoke to reporters Thursday outside Hagerstown police headquarters while about 100 people demonstrated nearby, demanding accountability.
The girl said she refused medical help and cursed and kicked at police because she wanted to go home. She said she wouldn’t identify herself because she’s a private person.
The girl’s mother said, “I feel that it could have been handled better on her part, but I don’t know that she was even in the right frame of mind. The child was knocked unconscious.”