Mamou, LA — Just a few miles down the road from where cops in Louisiana shot and killed Trayford Pellerin as he walked away from them, another disturbing incident of police brutality has unfolded. Like Pellerin's shooting, this too was captured on video. A woman appeared to be knocked unconscious, lying face down on the ground, when she was allegedly pepper sprayed by police.
The video was uploaded to Facebook over the weekend by the victim's daughter, Kimbriana Thomas.
"My mom wasn’t responding and yet y’all stood over her and maced her," Thomas said in a Facebook post.
According to the woman, she attended Mamou High School’s homecoming football game that evening and went to a local bar after it ended. She says around 10:30 p.m. police showed up and told her and all the other patrons that they had to leave and that the bar was closing. Currently, in Louisiana as part of the arbitrary COVID-19 restrictions, bars and restaurants must close by 10:30 p.m.
The woman says she didn't have a problem with leaving and was walking out when she decided to dance as she left. She claims one of the officers then threw her down, knocked her unconscious, and then pepper sprayed her.
As the video shows, a clearly incompetent cop is on top of the woman who appears to be entirely unconscious. The officer appears to be spastic as he tries to handcuff the woman who is offering absolutely zero resistance. The officer, frustrated that he couldn't handcuff the unconscious woman, then jumps up and appears to pepper spray her in the face.
After allegedly dousing the unconscious woman in the face with the chemical agent, the other patrons in the bar react in shock.
"Why did you mace her in the face if she's on the ground?" a person can be heard asking. Other bar patrons begin coughing and choking in response to the chemical in the air.
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After she was sprayed and lie unconscious on the ground, police then handcuffed her limp body as Thomas sat screaming over her mother. The decision to spray the unconscious woman did anything but deescalate the situation and as the woman lies on the ground, chaos erupts all around her as the patrons react in anger toward the police.
Eventually an ambulance would be called and the woman would be brought to the hospital.
"We are currently investigating the incident," Mamou Police Chief Brent Zackery said, claiming that the woman — whose name has not been released because she hasn't been charged with a crime — is not telling the entire story.
“She pretty much made herself fall out on the ground but she was actually trying to dance on the officer and they both ended up falling. We were told that when she left with the ambulance, she went to the hospital and actually started cutting up at the hospital,” Zackery added.
Thomas disputes that her mother "made herself fall."
"How you make yourself fall down and be unresponsive?" Thomas asked rhetorically.
“There’s nothing as of now to say about the situation, but it’s an ongoing investigation and I'll have more information to report later on,” says Zackery.
Below is that video. Do you think the officer had any reason whatsoever to pepper spray the seemingly unresponsive and unconscious woman? Let us know in the comments below.