An officer with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Police was forced to pepper spray a crowd of “Black Lives Matter” protesters after they surrounded his vehicle.
According to The Blaze, protesters surrounded the police car to keep it from moving because an intoxicated teen was being held by police inside it. The intense confrontation was captured in a series of videos which were later posted to Twitter:
— #PennyRaps Dropped. (@RicWilson) July 26, 2015
— Tyree Boyd-Pates (@TyreeBP) July 26, 2015
Police later released a statement explaining that they removed the 14 year-old from a bus because he was “intoxicated to the point where he was unable to care for himself.”
“Transit Police followed normal procedure, which is — after police collect pertinent information, juveniles are transported to police headquarters to await release to a parent or legal guardian,” the statement said.
However, police said a crowd of protesters swarmed the vehicle and “attempted to remove the juvenile from the car.” When they stopped the cruiser from leaving the area, an officer used a “general burst of pepper stray in an attempt to push back the crowd, to no avail.”
The teenager was released to his mother at 6 p.m. on Sunday. This incident is currently being investigated by police.