Police under fire for pepper-spraying woman with 3-year-old child

An officer in Rochester, New York, is now on administrative duty after police released footage of the incident.
1:49 | 03/07/21

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Police in Rochester, New York, are again under fire. An officer now on administrative body camera video appearing to show that officer using pepper spray on a woman who had been holding her 3-year-old child. Police now releasing footage of the incident. A warning, it is difficult to watch. Here's ABC's Trevor Ault. Reporter: Tonight, disturbing new police body camera footage sparking an investigation in Rochester. Stop! Reporter: Video shows a officer attempting to arrest a woman suspected of shoplifting late last month as she's holding her 3-year-old daughter. The woman seen running away, and after a brief chase, officers tackling her and one firing pepper spray. Her child screaming next to her. That officer is now on administrative duty pending review of the incident. The interim police chief saying the situation could have been de-escalated. Can we get to the same place by utilizing a different strategy maybe? And so those are the things I really want to focus on. Reporter: The controversy comes only weeks after this video showing Rochester police pepper-spraying a 9-year-old girl. Both incidents involved black both involved black children. Both involved black people obviously in crisis. Reporter: Intense scrutiny coming from the city's newly created police accountability board. It was formed following the death of Daniel prude at the hands of police last year. That video and fallout sparking protests and sweeping resignations from police leadership. The board now calling for changes to the department's procedures and culture. And whit, the police union says they also want change, but this officer was following protocol. The woman pepper sprayed was suspected of shoplifting but charged with trespassing. Her daughter was not hurt. Whit? Okay, Trevor, thank you.

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