CRIME

Police video shows officer pepper spraying Maryland girl, 15

  • 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts, right, addresses the media after exchanging words during a press conference with attorney Robin Ficker and family members of a 15-year-old Maryland girl who was pepper-sprayed on Sunday by police, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Hagerstwon, Md.  The news conference turned into a shouting match when the mayor showed up. Gysberts called the girl's lawyer Robin Ficker "a showboating, sideshow attorney" who was trying to divide the community. Gysberts says he has compassion for the girl, and is awaiting the results of a police use-of-force investigation. (Joe Crocetta/The Herald-Mail via AP)

    Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts, right, addresses the media after exchanging words during a press conference with attorney Robin Ficker and family members of a 15-year-old Maryland girl who was pepper-sprayed on Sunday by police, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Hagerstwon, Md. The news conference turned into a shouting match when the mayor showed up. Gysberts called the girl's lawyer Robin Ficker "a showboating, sideshow attorney" who was trying to divide the community. Gysberts says he has compassion for the girl, and is awaiting the results of a police use-of-force investigation. (Joe Crocetta/The Herald-Mail via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Maryland have released body-camera video of an officer pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl in a police cruiser when she refused to put her feet inside.

Hagerstown Police Capt. Paul Kifer has said the white officer who arrested the mixed-race girl had to subdue her with chemical spray to get her into a cruiser for a ride to the police station after her bicycle hit a car Sunday. The video released late Wednesday shows officers grabbing the girl as she rides away and struggling to handcuff her.

Later, video shows officers trying to persuade the girl to put her feet inside the cruiser and then an officer spraying through a window. The girl coughs and screams before the car drives off.

Police say the girl was charged as a juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct.