Three students at a school in Baltimore were intially charged with assault and suspended after a school police officer attacked them with a baton and pepper spray, seemingly for no reason.
One of the girls, a thirteen year old, was left needing 10 stitches in her head after the cop smashed her in the face with the baton, while the other girls were sprayed directly in the face with pepper spray.
The video shows the police officer beckoning one of the girls, named Starr, down a flight of stairs. According to the girl’s grandmother, the officer was yelling “Little girl, get down here.”
When Starr responded by telling the officer “My name is not little girl, it’s Starr,” and attempted to walk past, the cop grabbed her by the arm and forced her against a wall.
The video shows that as the small girl attempts to free herself, the much larger officer grabs her by the hair.
A second pupil attempts to help Starr, and becomes involved in the tussle. Starr’s cousin, Diamond, then enters the fracas and is chased down the hall by the baton weilding cop. The video shows the cop smacking the girl in the face with the baton, despite the fact that she was in a defensive posture against a wall.
Then, as a teacher attempts to restrain Starr and the second girl, the cop goes out of her way to hit them in the face with pepper spray.
“The officer kind of comes from behind and reaches around and sprays them multiple times in the face with pepper spray. It’s disgusting,” Jared Jaskot, the family’s attorney told reporters.
The footage shows Starr clutching her face, clearly in agaony after the cop’s actions.
The families of the girls told reporters that the school failed to inform them of the incident, only learning about the situation when paramedics contacted them to say the girls had been hospitalized.
Worse still, the school and the police officer at first attempted to lie about the incident, saying that it was caused after the girls punched, kicked and scratched the cop in the face. This led to assault charges and a suspension for all three students.
After the video footage, which clearly shows nothing of the sort, was viewed by prosecuters, the chrages were dropped. However, the students remain suspended.
Speaking with reporters, the head of the local police union claimed that the officer, whose identity is being withheld, was justified in her actions because she was “trying to make an arrest.”
It appears that the only catalyst for this police officer’s violent actions was a little girl talking back to her.