BLACK Lives Matter protesters have smashed through barriers at Rochester police station after cops pepper sprayed a nine-year-old girl.
Demonstrators chanted 'Black Lives Matter!' as they pushed over the metal barriers set up outside the precinct before making their way up to the inner parking lot fence.
In video they can also be heard chanting ‘no justice, no peace’ as the fences come down.
The demonstration took place after bodycam footage showed officers spraying the handcuffed girl in the city in upstate New York.
One video, filmed during a family dispute on Friday, shows the youngster running from police and then dropping to the snow-covered ground as a cop tries to bring her back.
In another video the girl can be heard screaming: “I want my dad… I ain’t going nowhere. I want my dad… I’m not getting in no car until I see my dad.”
“Stop,” an officer says.
“Wait, can I just please get the snow off of me,” she yells. “I want my dad. Wait, I just want to see my dad, please. For the last time…. I demand.”
A female officer is heard telling the girl she’ll look for her dad but asks her to get inside the police car in order to keep warm but the girl starts screaming again.
“Just spray her at this point,” one cop finally says, and is seen spraying the girl.
“Please wipe my eyes,” the girl screams. “Wipe my eyes, please.”
The girl’s mother, who was also not identified, is seen in the footage arguing with her daughter, who becomes increasingly agitated.
The woman is also heard swearing at passing motorists.
The mayor of Rochester ordered the immediate suspension of the officers involved.
“What happened Friday was simply horrible, and has rightly outraged all of our community,” Lovely Warren said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, state law and union contract prevents me from taking more immediate and serious action.”
The footage was released Sunday after a press conference, during which Rochester Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson said the girl was suicidal.
“She indicated she wanted to kill herself and she wanted to kill her mom,” he said, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
Cops said nine police cars responded to the call.
“I’m not going to stand here and tell you that for a 9-year-old to have to be pepper-sprayed is OK,” Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said Sunday. “It’s not.”
The New York Civil Liberties Union said Rochester police should no longer be involved in mental health crises.
"There is no conceivable justification for the Rochester police to subject a 9-year-old to pepper spray, period," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said Monday.
Two state lawmakers, Sen. Samra Brouk and Assemblyman Demond Meeks, both Democrats, announced legislation to prohibit use of chemical agents against minors by police officers.
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