Authorities are currently investigating after a 9-year-old girl was allegedly handcuffed and then pepper sprayed during a domestic disturbance call.
The incident was reported in Rochester, New York last week according to Rochester Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson.
Officials say they were called to the home due to “family trouble” after the 9-year-old expressed suicidal thoughts and also stated that she wanted to kill her mother.
When authorities arrived to the scene, the child reportedly attempted to flee but authorities were able to catch up with her.
Bodycam video released from the department on Sunday shows officers handcuffing the child and attempting to put her inside the back of a police vehicle.
When the child refused to obey commands to put her feet inside of the vehicle, authorities then pepper sprayed her.
The child was then taken to Rochester general Hospital and later released.
Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott- Sullivan said that they will be working to make sure things like this don’t ever happen again:
“I’m not going to stand here and tell you that for a 9-year-old to have to be pepper-sprayed is OK. It’s not, “Herriott-Sullivan said. ” I don’t see that as who we are as a department, and we’re going to do the work we have to do to ensure that these kinds of things don’t happen.”
Mayor Lovely Warren said that she spoke to the child’s mother and that the city’s Person in Crisis mental health team will be reaching out to the family.
“It is clear from the video that we need to do more in supporting our children and families. “