Police video shows Md. officer pepper spraying 15-year-old girl

Police say pepper spraying teen "justified" in Hagerstown, Md.

HAGERSTOWN, MD. (AP) - Warning video may contain content that is disturbing to some viewers.

Police in Maryland have released body-camera video of an officer pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl in a police cruiser when she refused to put her feet inside.

Hagerstown Police Capt. Paul Kifer has said the white officer who arrested the mixed-race girl had to subdue her with chemical spray to get her into a cruiser for a ride to the police station after her bicycle hit a car Sunday. The video released late Wednesday shows officers grabbing the girl as she rides away and struggling to handcuff her.

Later, video shows officers trying to persuade the girl to put her feet inside the cruiser and then an officer spraying through a window. The girl coughs and screams before the car drives off.

Police say the girl was charged as a juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct.


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