Black mother in Rochester pepper sprayed by cops

A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative duty after using pepper spray on a woman suspected of shoplifting who tried to escape with her 3-year-old child in her arms, authorities said Friday. (March 5)

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- Oh, come on, they said you stole. What did you take? What did you take, tell me what you took.

- No, listen sir.

- Tell me the truth.

- No, I'm going to tell you the truth.

- OK. I don't have time for BS, so you better be quick with me.

- Yeah. Listen. OK, so I walk in the store, right there. He thought I picked up something. [INAUDIBLE] if I picked up something. OK. Let me show you.

- Yeah. Show me. You got to show me. Just set the kid down. You'll be all right. It's OK. Relax.

- Look. Look. He said I had stole something out of that store. And I promise I didn't steal nothing. Diapers. Wipes. Nothing. [INAUDIBLE]

- What are they saying you stole?

- He said I stole-- I don't know. He just said he was going to call y'all.

- Negative. [INAUDIBLE]

- All right, well if you're holding there, you can release them.

- Nothing, right?

- Yeah. Well, we got to talk with them and see. So I need you to hop in my car with your kid--

- No.

- --really quick. And we're going to go check.

- No sir.

- Fine. You know what? Even better. Watch this. I'm going to have him check. Once he confirmed you didn't steal, you're out of here, but you have so stay with me.

- What?

- Yup. Hey! We got a female running [INAUDIBLE] She's running from both of us. Hey, come here. Come here.

- No, I didn't do anything.

- Stop. Stop. Stop.

- I didn't do any-- I did not do anything.

- Hey, we're right in the parking lot here. Would you stop [INAUDIBLE].

- OK. OK.

- Put the kid down. Put your arms behind your back now. Put your arms-- Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Relax. Turn over so I can cuff you. We're going to cuff you. You need to stop. She's fine. She's fine. Would you stop?

- (CRYING) I did not do anything.

- I have to cuff you. I have to cuff you.

- (YELLING) I did not do anything. I didn't steal anything, sir.

- Stop! Stop grabbing your daughter. Stop. [INTERPOSING VOICES]

- What's wrong with her?

- (CRYING) I did not do anything.

- OK. You're under arrest, stop moving. Stop moving. You're under arrest, stop resisting. [INAUDIBLE]


- That's wrong. You are dead wrong. Dead wrong.