Protesters tore down barricades to protect a police station in Rochester when hundreds took to the streets indignantly when police officers sprayed pepper spray on a 9-year-old girl.
The rally took place on the New York Forces Clinton Section property after at least 200 people marched through town late Monday, the Democrat and Chronicle said.
“RPD, look what you did – you just macedated a small child,” many sang in protest over a video.
A group then rose and removed a chain of barricades to keep the march at a safe distance. Other images show several demonstrators who violently shook the main gate of the substation through the barricades.
The crowd sang “Black Lives Matter” and “Say His Name, Daniel Prude,” referring to the black man who died last year after a mesh bag was placed over his head during a psychological episode.
They then roared abuse when officials put out a loudspeaker warning the crowd to disperse, which it did soon after, the local newspaper said. There were no reports of violence or arrests.
Monday’s march came hours after it became known that officials involved in pepper spraying the youth were suspended for payment. Prosecutors also announced that they are investigating the incident.
“What happened on Friday was just terrible and rightly outraged our entire community,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said of the confrontation as police responded to a family dispute.
Bodycam footage released on Sunday shows the girl becoming increasingly angry while police try to put her in a police car and yell, “I want my father.”
“Just spray it at this point,” says a policewoman finally as she sobs afterwards at the pain in her eyes.
The city police union came to defend the officers and said they were facing a difficult situation.