Lawyer says videos show police overreacted

In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 video frame grab from a body camera released by the Hagerstown (Md.) police, an officer speaks with a 15-year-old girl in Hagerstown, Md. An officer pepper-sprayed the 15-year-old girl in a police cruiser when she refused to put her feet inside. A police spokesman says several officers involved in the pepper-spray arrest of a 15-year-old girl remain on duty while the department investigates.  (Hagerstown (Md.) police via AP)
In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 video frame grab from a body camera released by the Hagerstown (Md.) police, an officer speaks with a 15-year-old girl in Hagerstown, Md. An officer pepper-sprayed the 15-year-old girl in a police cruiser when she refused to put her feet inside. A police spokesman says several officers involved in the pepper-spray arrest of a 15-year-old girl remain on duty while the department investigates. (Hagerstown (Md.) police via AP)

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — An attorney for a 15-year-old Maryland girl pepper-sprayed by police says body-camera video proves the officers overreacted.

Robin Ficker said Thursday that the video released by Hagerstown police shows “aggression from the get-go.”

The video shows an officer arriving at the scene of a bicycle-car collision, and the girl, apparently unhurt, getting off her bike and walking away.

The officer says, “Come here.” She says, “Don’t’ touch me.” A bystander tells her she’s going to make it worse, but she tries to ride away.

An officer then pulls her off the bike and tells her she’s being detained “for cooperation of an investigation.”

Officers then grapple with struggling girl and handcuff her even though she says she’s ready to cooperate. An officer later pepper-sprays her to get her into a cruiser.

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