Las Vegas, NV — In a blatant abuse of authority, a Las Vegas cop was recently caught on cell phone video pepper-spraying a group of high school students. Instead of committing a crime or threatening the officer’s safety, the teens were simply asking why he was physically assaulting an 8th grader when he suddenly fired pepper spray into their eyes.
On Friday, a student recorded a cell phone video of a Las Vegas police officer slamming an eighth-grade student’s head against the hood of his patrol car while pulling the kid’s hair. The 8th grader had been taken into custody after he allegedly trespassed onto the campus of Eldorado High School and refused to leave. According to police, a crowd of students gathered around the officer when the boy’s sister asked the aggressive cop to leave her brother alone.
“What the f**k are you doing to him?” a girl asks the cop a moment before he shoots her and nearly half the students in their faces with pepper spray.
If you look closely, a small rock appears to hit the officer on top of his head as students become outraged over his treatment of the student. However, in response, he unleashes the pepper spray on the girl in the opposite direction.
Although the cop got hit in the head with a rock, the teens absolutely had the right to question his use of force on a child half his size. Despite the fact that the students maintained their distance from the violent cop, he suddenly sprayed them without warning. As the children covered their burning eyes while choking and struggling to breathe, the officer appeared to threaten someone else off-camera with his can of pepper spray before the first video abruptly ended.
While the parents question the officer’s vile actions against their children, the image of a brutish cop pepper-spraying the nonviolent students evokes the memory of Lt. John Pike firing the chemical into the faces of protestors. On November 18, 2011, Pike was caught on video pepper-spraying a group of Occupy UC Davis students sitting together on the ground. Unlike the Occupy protestors, the students in the recent video are children and were not breaking the law when the officer pepper-sprayed them without warning.
Last year, several school cops were caught on video assaulting and abusing students in separate incidents. Richland County Deputy Ben Fields was fired after students recorded him flipping over a girl’s desk and dragging her across the floor. Oklahoma City Master Sgt. Thomas Jaha was charged with assault and battery after repeatedly punching a student in the face for not having a hall pass. In two separate incidents, Louisville Metro Police Officer Jonathan Hardin was captured on video punching a child in the face and choking another student unconscious five days later.