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Bodycam video shows a Rochester, New York, police officer pepper spraying a woman as her 3-year-old daughter looks on and cries "Mommy!" A store owner had accused the woman of shoplifting. When the cop confronted the woman outside the store, she offered to let him look into her bag. Instead, he said, "Oh, come on, they said you stole, tell me what you took. I don't have time for B.S. You better be quick with me." The woman then ran from him. The cop chased her, tackled her, and pepper-sprayed her. The video also shows another officer telling a bystander filming the arrest to "Get out of here." The woman was charged with trespassing. No shoplifting charges were filed against her. The officer is on administrative duty pending an internal investigation. But Interim Department Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said it appeared he acted within departmental guidelines.

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  1. He didn’t have time to investigate, just confess. All his and just a trespassing charge. Hmmm.

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  2. But Interim Department Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said it appeared he acted within departmental guidelines.

    Assault is fine so long as it conforms to internal policy. I bet the chief didn’t even have to pepper her officer.

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  4. “Chief Herriott-Sullivan served RPD with distinction for many years, and I believe she is the perfect person to fill this role at this particular time,” said Mayor Warren. “She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, and as both a woman and a mother, I am confident she will bring a different perspective to the job and instill a fresh approach to policing in our city.”

    Most recently, Chief Herriott-Sullivan served as the Interim Deputy Executive Director at Rochester Housing Authority. Her career also includes work with Seamless Communications Group, Rise Up Rochester, and CHS Project Management, as well as with Community Oriented Correctional Health Services in Bethesda, MD and the National Drug Court Institute in Alexandria, VA.

    “I love this city,” said Chief Herriott-Sullivan. “I am a woman of faith who believes strongly in problem-solving that involves developing sustainable solutions through collaborations and partnerships. I am committed to helping Rochester move forward. We will all need to bring our best to the table and work together to get things done.”

    Is this an example of a woman and a mother bringing a different perspective, a fresh approach, a sustainable solution, a collaboration or a partnership? Because it kinda looks like the same old shit if you ask me.

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  5. Of course he doesn’t have to look into her bag. He can just throw her into a lake. If she sinks and drowns, it means she’s guilty. If she floats, she’s a witch or duck or whatever and must be destroyed.

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  7. Neither family crisis teams nor mental health professionals were called to either scene, the board noted.

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  8. Where’s the part of the story about the store owner getting pepper sprayed for filing a false police report?

    1. Suspicion of shoplifting is not necessarily a false report.

      1. he said, “Oh, come on, they said you stole”

        Sounds like libel, if there are any money damages that can be proven.

  9. I’m sure Adolf Eichmann was also operating “within departmental guidelines”.

  10. The woman was charged with trespassing. No shoplifting charges were filed against her.

    Good thing she wasn’t trespassing on Federal property that would otherwise be open to the public, the sentence for that is an immediate and no-questions-asked death sentence.

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  11. I’ve seen that departments guidelines, it’s one page written in crayon that says, “Do whatever the hell you feel like.”

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