Maryland cops have been filmed pepper spraying a 15-year-old girl while she was handcuffed in the back of a police car – after she was hit by a car.
The honor role student had been riding her bike in Hagerstown on Sunday afternoon when she was struck by the vehicle.
She was knocked out but woke up just 30 seconds later, feeling dazed but OK, her family’s attorney Robin Ficker said.
An ambulance was called but the girl continued to insist that she did not need medical attention so the police were called as she is a minor.
Ficker says that when police arrived, they grabbed the petite teen, lifted her hands above her head and slammed her face into a wall – causing her face to hit the windowsill.
‘This little girl, 5 ft. 105 lbs, was brutalized by Hagerstown police after, she, on her bike, was hit by a car, but refused medical treatment.
‘They slammed her against a wall, arrested her for refusing treatment, maced her 4 times in the police car while handcuffed, and took her to the police station instead of the hospital!’ he wrote on Facebook.
At that point the terrified girl had resisted when officers went to put her in the back of the cruiser, Herald Media reports.
A bystander began filming the incident and video shows the 15-year-old kicking at the police car door while sitting inside while it appears her hands are cuffed behind her.
‘Put your feet in the car, OK, or you’re going to get sprayed,’ a cop is heard warning her.
Eventually the police shut the car door but video, which has got 23,000 views since it was posted on the attorney’s Facebook page yesterday, shows an officer raising what appears to be a pepper can to the open window and spray something.
The girl immediately begins screaming and shouting out ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.’
Meanwhile, another officer is heard explaining to the filming bystander that police have to take her in because she is a minor who suffered an injury, and as such cannot refuse treatment.
‘What happens when she’s like, ‘I’m fine,’ right, and has a brain injury or something like that, and then she could die later?’ the cop asks, ‘All we want to do is make sure she’s OK.’
But Ficker says police never took her to hospital.
Instead, they drove her straight to the police station where she was charged with disorderly conduct, two counts of second-degree assault, possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic device.
A police statement says that officers found she had been at fault for the incident and had pepper sprayed her when she became ‘assaultive.’
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.