The Seattle Police Department are investigating the macing of a nine-year-old girl by one of their officers.
The incident took place over the weekend, during the protests that have occurred across the United States in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis.
A video surfaced online showing the girl crying, clearly in a severe amount of pain and distress having been sprayed by an officer. While the actual spraying itself wasn’t caught on camera, the aftermath was and is difficult to stomach.
Concerned onlookers rushed to help the girl, some pouring milk over her face to try and neutralise the affect of the mace, but it wasn’t enough to relieve the girl of the agony she was suffering.
The officer in question refused to give his name or badge number when confronted by protestors who saw the incident, but thanks to the power of social media, it has been revealed that his name is Jared Campbell and his badge number is 8470.
A rep for the Seattle Police Department says, “Uses of force, including pepper spray, during the demonstrations will undergo a high level of scrutiny and review by the chain of command. This incident in particular has been referred to the (Office of Police Accountability) and an investigation has commenced.”
At the time of writing, it has not been confirmed whether Campbell is still on the streets or has been reassigned in the wake of the incident.