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Police release footage of 2 police body cams in arrest of 15-year-old girl in Md. (Hagerstown Police Department)

Police release footage of a Maryland officer pepper spraying a 15-year-old girl


Hagerstown Police Department Releases Body Camera Video From Pepper Spray Incident

WATCH  | Body cam footage shows police officer pepper-spraying a teenage girl.

Refused to put her feet inside cruiser

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

The footage starts with a responding officer arriving on the scene.

The footage is cut short when the girl kicks the camera, shutting it off, but picks back up with another officer arriving on the scene.

'Subdue her with chemical spray'

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.

Faces are blurring in accordance with Maryland laws.

Appears to resist arrest

In the beginning of the footage, the first officer is seen approaching a man who claims the girl crashed into the side of his car while riding a bicycle.

The man explains to the officer that the girl wanted to leave, but bystanders helped detain her.

The officer is then seen on the footage walking around the corner. As he approaches, the teen tries to leave on her bicycle.

The girl appears to resist arrest as officers fight to put her in handcuffs. The girl is then carried by the officers and placed in a police cruiser.

More than one warning

The officers are heard asking the girl several times to place her feet inside the vehicle so they can shut the door, but the girl appears to refuse orders.

The officers are heard warning the girl she will be pepper-sprayed if she does not comply. After more than one warning, the officer is then seen spraying the girl.

The video ends with an officer speaking to the man who claimed the girl hit his vehicle.

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

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