When the girl was halfway inside the police vehicle, refusing to get fully inside as officers commanded, a female officer said, "This is your last chance, otherwise pepper spray's going in your eyeballs".
Officials said that police were responding to a family disturbance and that the girl was suicidal and upset. Moments later, the video shows an officer pepper-spraying the girl and leaving her crying in the back seat. Officials have not identified the girl. The death of Daniel Prude, which occurred after he was physically subdued by RPD officers in March 2020, sparked protests throughout the city.
In March a year ago, African-American Daniel Prude was pinned down and a spit hood put over his head, while police officers tried dealing with him as he had a mental health episode. Several were seen overturning barricades at a Rochester police station.
She added: "I have a 10-year-old daughter".
Local police chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan also acknowledged that the police had acted excessively.
"The entire family needed help and RPD failed again, along with our elected officials", said Ashley Gantt of FTP-ROC, "I am so exhausted of our Black and Brown children being in positions before they are even adults to be on the receiving end of the brutality of police officers". He said her mother also was involved. "She was trying not to be restrained to go to the hospital".
Body cam footage initially shows officers attempting to provide assistance to the girl.
Screaming, "I want my dad!", she resisted their efforts to get her into the patrol auto, the video showed.
Officers called to the scene on Friday eventually responded by handcuffing her, before trying to force her into a vehicle and pepper-spraying her when she resisted, body cam videos released by the city's police force showed. She screams again and again for her father and says her arm is hurting. "You're my child, so you're going to take your ass home right now, and you're going to take your ass in the house".
This is happening as the kid repeatedly says she wants her dad. "This is your last chance", a female officer is heard saying, "otherwise pepper-spray is going in your eyeballs".
"What happened Friday was simply awful, and has rightly outraged all of our community", Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a February 1 statement. "It is not an option". An officer was then "required" to spray an "irritant" in the handcuffed girl's face, the department said Saturday. Video taken during the incident showed police wrestling the girl to the ground in the snow. "She was not thinking clearly, but wanting someone to kind of calm her", she said.
Mayor Warren said she has directed the chief of police to conduct a complete and thorough investigation of the incident and said she welcomes the review of what happened by the city's police accountability board.
Flagler-Mitchell, who allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to a 19-year-old constituent, is now the subject of two investigations; a criminal investigation by District Attorney Sandra Doorley's Office, and a second from the county's Board of Ethics. "She's a child. She's a baby", Warren said. When an officer tells her she's "acting like a child", she responds, "I am a child". "And, we will be asking our state legislators to join me, and make numerous changes in Civil Service Law that would allow cities to more quickly issue discipline in cases like this one".