Police Abuse

Rochester Releases More Footage of Police Pepper-Spraying Nine-Year-Old

"You did it to yourself, hon," the officer says.

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The city of Rochester, New York, released additional body camera footage Thursday showing police officers pepper-spraying a handcuffed nine-year-old girl in a January 29 incident that made international news.

The 86 minutes of footage show Rochester police officers struggling to convince a crying and hysterical young girl to get in the back of a police cruiser. According to news reports, the girl was distressed, walking down the snowy street, and had reportedly said she wanted to kill herself and her mother. Nine officers ultimately responded to the scene, which somehow escalated to the girl being handcuffed.

"I want my dad," the girl wails as she refuses to get in the police car.

"I'm gonna pepper spray you and I don't want to," a female officer says.

"Just spray her," another exasperated officer says.

"Officer," the girl pleads to a female officer after she's sprayed, "please don't do this to me."

"You did it to yourself, hon," the officer responds.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that it took an ambulance about 15 minutes to arrive after the girl was pepper-sprayed and 23 minutes before her handcuffs were removed.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement to the Democrat and Chronicle that she released the footage to provide additional transparency: "I continue to share our community's outrage for the treatment of this child and have ensured that she and her family have been connected to the support they need through our Person in Crisis team."

Some of the officers involved have been suspended, and the girl's mother says she intends to sue.

As Reason reported, the Rochester police union defended the pepper-spraying.

"They were trying to get her into the car," said Mike Mazzeo, president of the Rochester Police Locust Club, at a press conference. The officer who pepper-sprayed the girl "made a decision there that he thought was the best action to take," Mazzeo declared. "It resulted in no injury to her. Had they had to go and push further and use more force, there's a good chance she could have been hurt worse. It's very difficult to get someone into the back of a police car like that."

The Rochester Police Department is already under intense scrutiny after the police killing of Daniel Prude, who died last year while having a mental health crisis after several officers pinned him to the ground until he suffocated.

The incident also highlights growing national concerns about police interactions with young children. Viral videos over the past couple of years have shown police in schools and communities using disturbing force against small children. A January video showed a school resource officer body-slamming and handcuffing a teenage girl in central Florida. Last August, body camera footage emerged showing officers in Key West, Florida, trying and failing to handcuff an eight-year-old boy, whose wrists were too small for the cuffs. An Orlando school cop made national headlines in 2019 when he arrested a six-year-old girl. An officer at a high school in Camden, Arkansas, was relieved of duty after a video showed him putting a student in a chokehold and lifting the student off the ground. In 2019, a North Carolina officer was fired after he brutally body-slammed a middle schooler, and a sheriff's deputy in Florida was arrested and charged with child abuse after body-slamming a 15-year-old girl at a special needs school.

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  1. In all honesty girls between the ages of 8 and 19 tend to be the embodyment of pure evil.

    1. That’s fair. They still shouldn’t be shoved into police cars and then sprayed with chemicals when they refuse.

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      2. Government is just the little girls we pepper spray together.

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  2. Why hasn’t Reason expressed any concern that an unarmed woman (Ashlee Babbit) was shot dead by Capitol Police (who are supervised by Nancy Pelosi) while going into the Capitol, and why hasn’t Reason expressed any concern that the name of the person who shot her hasn’t even been released?

    And why hasn’t Reason revealed that the Capitol Police officer who died (and whose cremated remains Pelosi placed in the Capitol a month after he died) was NOT hit by a fire extinguisher (which the NY Times falsely claimed, and was repeated by virtually every news outlet).

    Then again, Reason didn’t express any concerns about the victims of BLM and Antifa rioters who destroyed entire neighborhoods in many cities.

    But every time a racial minority is harmed by police, Reason and all the other left wing propagandists cry foul.

    1. I’ve suggested that Reason remove “free minds” from the masthead because they no longer employ writers who possess one. Undoubtedly Sullum will show up shortly with yet another TDS screed. But not a word about Ashli Babbitt.

    2. Here, let me give it a go:

      Traitor dead.

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    3. No one has concern for a terrorist who was about to attack Members of Congress.

      1. But terrorists who attack mere citizens deserve friendly and defensive articles.

      2. Which members of congress were attacked?

        1. I said “about to attack” it was the honorable action by the police officer who stamped her ticket to a meeting with the devil.

          1. She was unarmed tyrant.

          2. Troll meter is pegged.

        2. I meant to say that the honorable officer stopped her by sending her to hell.

      3. “Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” Paul said in a post on Twitter, while thanking the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for “literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”

      4. Across the street, hordes of protesters broke through a police barricade and attempted to beat down the 13-ton bronze doors of the court. Protesters included a topless woman with a Hitler mustache and another woman who scaled the Contemplation of Justice statue in front of the court and sat in her lap to the cheers of other protesters.

        Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, who attended Kavanaugh’s immediate swearing in, were hit with water bottles and tomatoes when their car left the court afterward. Some 164 people were arrested in that protest.

      5. She was unarmed, what was she gonna do, throw a shoe at them like the Habibi who chucked his sneaks at GWB? Did you support murderdroning that guy too, Shreek, or nah?

      6. Attack, with what? She was unarmed.

        You really are a piece of shit. It’s a shame she’s dead and you’re alive.

    4. Then again, Reason didn’t express any concerns about the victims of BLM and Antifa rioters who destroyed entire neighborhoods in many cities.

      You should check out the Nancy Rommelman dispatches that Reason commissioned covering the Portland riots. They were excellent pieces of journalism.

      1. Guess writer. Everyone here has praised Rommelmans work.

        1. Not only a guest writer, but almost every time she wrote an article, ENB would contradict her the next morning in the roundup.

    5. There is video of a protestor tossing a fire extinguisher that hits two or three Capitol police officers on or near their heads. Two officers wore helmets, one did not but its unclear whether the extinguisher hit him in the head.

      However, what has not been documented or announced publicly is whether Officer Sicknick was one of the ones who was hit.

    6. Yep, crickets and tumbleweeds on the Ashli Babbitt murder.

  3. “You did it to yourself, hon,” the officer responds.

    Does she get your paycheck and the de facto immunity that comes with it?

  4. are we not doing the Ashli Babbitt shooting?

    1. It was not a “shooting”, it was a polite invitation for her to meet the devil.

      1. The devil is in heaven now? Not that you’re going there. Progressive Democrats, like you, are all treasonous garbage that will burn in Hell.

        The sooner the better.

        1. We are so horribly treasonous for not supporting those who attacked the capital?

    2. The teacher unions who invaded the Madison State House should have been shot as well if you apply the same reasoning? Actually I bet many of the founding father’s would not have an issue with shooting anyone trying to take a civic building by force..

  5. Stop siccing the police on your kids.

  6. Ex Mayor Lovely Warren please…another corrupt urban NY mayor.

    As for Rochester…the place has fallen into a destitute failure of a city driven by Rocky’s welfare policies 50 years ago and NYC bolshevik politics..the remaining residents are spiraling down into single moms, extreme poverty and generation family destruction. Kodak and Xerox are gone..the once “high tech” recession proof upper middle class “smug town” is gone. A young women’s mental distress isn’t surprising…a police force dazed and confused trying to keep it together is not surprising. As Chrissy Hind once sang “my city is gone.”

  7. LOOK AT WHAT YOU MADE ME DO

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  9. Rochester Police Locust Club

    Well, at least they’re honest.

  10. That fucking 9 yr old girl is lucky she wasn’t pushing through a barrier at the capitol on Jan 6th. Otherwise the press would be cheering on her death.

  11. really pity girls ,, uphold the law as fairly as possible

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