American policemen once again found themselves at the center of a scandal. In New York State, police officers handcuffed a nine-year-old girl, handcuffed her and sprayed pepper spray in her eyes.
According to the police, the patrol officers were summoned by local residents. They reported that the girl was threatening to kill her mother and herself. According to the police, they just tried to take the child to the hospital. But they ended up driving the teenager to hysterics.
The public reaction to such abuse was not long in coming. Several dozen people marched through the streets to the police station. They shamed law enforcement officials and called on them to carry out their direct responsibility to protect the public. It later became known that the police officers who pepper-sprayed the child were fired.