A frantic Seattle cop was caught on camera pepper spraying citizens as they strolled by during a anti-police brutality protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a teacher who had just finished speaking and was on the phone with family when he was sprayed.
The cop has not been identified but she is the second female Seattle cop to make the news in two days, the first being Cynthia Whitlatch, who is still on the force despite being proven a liar after she was caught on dash cam video arresting an elderly black man for using a golf club as a walking cane, accusing him of swinging it at her as a weapon.
The teacher, Jesse Hagopian, filed a lawsuit Wednesday, the same day the video was posted.
A Seattle police spokesperson refused to comment, claiming he had not seen the video, even though it is quickly going viral (they always claim even though it’s their job to watch these videos in order to comment).
Jesse Hagopian, a history teacher at Garfield High School, spoke during an MLK rally in Seattle and says he was on the phone while leaving the January 19th event. As Hagopian, a father of two, was walking to meet family, he says he was pepper sprayed by a Seattle police officer.
The incident was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube Wednesday, the same day Hagopian’s attorney filed a claim against the city.
“I felt the piercing pain shoot through my eye, my ear drum and my nostril, all over my cheek and face,” Hagopian said, recalling the incident. “I yelled out. My mom was in distress as she heard me yell.”
Seattle Police spokesman Patrick Michaud said he hadn’t seen the video as of Wednesday afternoon and couldn’t comment. Michaud said the video was not taken by SPD staff.
The cop will likely claim she was in fear for her life as you can hear her yelling “get back!” to people as she stood behind her bicycle, liberally pepper spraying the unsuspecting crowd.
Like Whitlatch, this woman has no business being a cop.
UDPATE: The female cop wasn’t the only cop pepper spraying the crowd that day as the second video will demonstrate.