Civil Liberties

Arlington Cop Accused of Body Slamming, Pepper Spraying Teenage Girl

A lawsuit filed against the Virginia police department also claims he said he had to write her a citation to justify the pepper spraying.


fter slamming a girl to the ground from behind, an Arlington police officer pepper sprayed her and then said "almost apologetically" that he had to give her a citation "to explain to my boss why I sprayed you," the girl's family claims in court.

The parents, Julie and Kirk Perry, and their daughter, K.P., sued Arlington, its police Officer Dylan Eckstrom and unidentified officers, in Tarrant County Court.

"This case is about a large police officer caught on tape body slamming a child onto the pavement," the family says in the complaint.