Minneapolis authorities are now investigating an incident where a 10-year-old boy was pepper sprayed by police during a protest. On the heels of Oklahoma officers not being charged in the death of Tony Robinson, 100 people turned out to protest on Wednesday and according to authorities it turned ‘unruly’.
In the melee, Susan Montgomery says her 10-year-old son Taye was peppered sprayed, but before that happened, she thought cops were going to run them over.
“I was thinking, ‘This guy is gonna run us over,’ ” Montgomery said. “People started running. It seemed like he was mad at that point.”
And then the officers started pepper spraying without notice.
Taye, who his mother said is autistic, fell to ground in tears and was carried off to a nearby hotel. Milk was poured into his eyes to deaden the chemical irritant, his mother said.
Asked Thursday about the incident, Taye told reporters, “He didn’t give us any warning. He just went right ahead and sprayed. … It hurt!”
“It made me really nervous,” he said, “because I couldn’t see where I was going. I couldn’t find my mom.”
The police department has now launched an investigation. Police Chief Janne Harteau asked witnesses to come forward to aid in the investigation.
“It is critical for everyone involved that we complete a thorough investigation, so I need the public’s help,” the chief said. “We must have the full set of facts.”