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Video shows Sacramento cops using ‘spit mask' on minor during arrest


Added 05-23-19 12:18:02am EST - “SACRAMENTO, Calif. ?" Police on Wednesday defended their use of a clear mesh "spit mask" on a combative 12-year-old boy as irate bystanders videotaped the tense encounter in Sacramento while objecti?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Video shows Sacramento cops using ‘spit mask’ on minor during arrest”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Police on Wednesday defended their use of a clear mesh “spit mask” on a combative 12-year-old boy as irate bystanders videotaped the tense encounter in Sacramento while objecting that the boy was being detained.

Officers “appropriately used a spit mask to protect themselves and defuse the situation,” Police Chief Daniel Hahn said in a statement. “I am grateful that … nobody was injured during this encounter.”

Police also released officer body camera video that shows the boy struggling while officers work to calm him. He repeatedly curses and shouts that he can’t breathe after he is handcuffed and placed face down on the ground, and police pull the mask over his head.

Police said they spotted the boy running away from a security guard and helped detain the youth April 28. He was later released to his mother and cited for battery against a police officer and resisting officers.

Sacramento attorney Mark T. Harris said he is considering a lawsuit on behalf of the youth and his mother against the city, the security guard, and an employee at a nearby restaurant who he said also helped detain the boy.

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