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Wellston Police Officer Caught On Tape Pepper Spraying Handcuffed Woman (VIDEO)

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via KSDK
When is it appropriate for officers to use pepper spray?

Footage has surfaced this week of Wellston cop Michael Weaver spraying a handcuffed woman right in the face inside of the department.

It's unclear exactly what prompted the officer to use this force. The surveillance video, which does not have sound, shows the female suspect clearly shouting at him and partially standing up at one point. But he decides to use the pepper spray a few seconds after she sits back down -- and he sprays her multiple times.

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Here's the raw video, via KSDK (Channel 5):

The station reports that the woman had been arrested for resisting arrest and peace disturbance.

The officer has apparently defended the decision claiming that the woman spit at him first, which is not clear from the video. But Wellston Police Chief G.T. Thomas investigated the matter and suspended Weaver for several days without pay, the station reports. (The city council, however, reversed this suspension).

"It was upsetting because we want to be a friendly force," he says.

The woman claims that she did not spit at him and was shackled to the chair. And she told KTVI (Channel 2) that the officer should be fired.

Here's KSDK's full report, with interview footage:

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20 comments
ntwasm
ntwasm

The pepper spray did it's job.

Chico Andy Mann
Chico Andy Mann

I find the constant reposting of this story excessive.

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

Where's his reaction to being spit on. In the interview he says she spat on him, sat down, then mouthed off again, and then got maced. He never wipes his face or reacts to anything hitting his face.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

You know what, I"m usually on the other side, but come on. She's acting a damn fool in there! He wasn't using pepperspray to defend himself, he did it to shut her up.

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

abuse of power and he should been mindful of his use of force doctrine.

Whit Movesian
Whit Movesian

Typical pig behavior. She's lucky she wasn't a dog. She might have been shot.

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson

I used to work in Correctional Healthcare. There are better ways to handle this. This is a violent person enacting violence on a handcuffed women for his own enjoyment. No two ways about it.

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson

Of course it was excessive. She was restrained. FFS.

Joni Hoscher
Joni Hoscher

Yes, she was handcuffed for God's sake. Although she was pitching a collosal fit, all the cop had to do was sit back in his chair, not responding, until she calmed down. Parenting 101.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

This is the crap that the police and health care workers have to deal with all the time.

blackflag62206
blackflag62206

Officers that can't control their temper shouldn't be police officers .. Find a different job !! there are cameras everywhere we will be watching.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

That claim is not in the video. How did pepper spray calm the situation? The Chief of police said "It was upsetting because we want to be a friendly force,"

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Spitting at someone is pretty hostile.

blackflag62206
blackflag62206

@Mark Swain still does not make it right to hurt someone . If  they can't handle themselves like professionals then find something else to do .

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