Updated: February 01, 2021 11:29 PM
Created: February 01, 2021 02:57 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – New proposed legislation would put a stop to using pepper spray on minors. The legislation would protect minors from being detained by chemical agents like pepper spray. State officials say it’s working its way through committee.
"To see such horrific footage of the mistreatment of a little girl no less was simply unreal,” Sen. Samara Brouk (D-55) said.
"I'm absolutely angered by it, disturbed, so many mixed emotions,” Assemblyman Demond Meeks (D-137) added.
That was the initial response from state leaders when they first saw the body cam footage. If passed, this new legislation would make it illegal to use any chemical irritants on anyone under the age of 18.
"In the footage we can hear an officer yell at her to quote stop acting like a child, to which she gave the only and honest response she could which was quote I am a child,” Brouk said.
Brouk also says it’s disheartening to have to push for new legislation.
"It is incumbent on us as leaders to not only listen to our communities but to then act," Brouk said. "And that's what we hope this one piece of legislation does to make sure that we're not having this conversation again.”
Brouk added that she feels this traumatic experience is going to carry into this little girl's adult life.
"Instead of being comforted and spoken to as a child she was treated violently and pepper-sprayed in the face,” Brouk said.
State leaders say they hope this legislation gets implemented as soon as possible.
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