Answers Being Demanded After Austin, Texas, Officer Caught on Camera Pepper-Spraying Handcuffed Man


Activists in Austin said an officer used unnecessary force when he pepper sprayed a man handcuffed inside a police wagon in the Caritas parking lot. 

When FOX 7 contacted the Austin Police Department they said they were unable to comment on the video because all of their media relations staff left at 1 p.m. Friday, but the Peaceful Streets Project is demanding answers for the officer’s actions.

Thursday night the Peaceful Streets Project, a group that monitors police activity in Austin by videotaping them, got the incident on camera.

The video starts after the man is already in custody, wearing handcuffs inside of a police wagon.

The officer opens the door and says, “What did I tell you about kicking the door?” before pepper spraying the man inside.

The Austin Police Association released a statement about the video saying, “We’re aware of the video and it’s easy for some to criticize those few seconds on tape, but what the video doesn’t show is what happened in the hours that led to that moment. A full investigation will reveal more information about what led to the officer’s actions.”

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Source: Fox 7 | Jennifer Kendall