WTF was a perfect way to summon up why in the world did this female cop pepper spray this teacher and the female walking next to him when no immediate threat seemed to be apparent.
A teacher has filed suit against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department after a female officer pepper-sprayed him directly in the face after a MLK Day rally.
Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian had just spoken at the event and was walking past a police blockade, talking on his cell phone, when the unidentified cop began shouting at passersby, spraying them with a chemical irritant.
“Hagopian had finished giving a powerful speech about how black lives matter when he was sprayed with pepper spray by a Seattle Police Officer,” Seattle NAACP President James Bible later wrote in a press release. “He was on the phone with his mother and [was making] plans to be at his two year old child’s birthday party when he was sprayed. It is notable that this irrational police action occurred while he was several feet onto a Seattle sidewalk.”
Bible uploaded video from the incident to YouTube on Wednesday, the same day Hagopian filed suit.