Reports: 10-year-old pepper sprayed at Minneapolis protest over Robinson shooting
The police chief in Minneapolis has ordered an investigation into reports a child was pepper sprayed during a demonstration over a police shooting in Madison.
The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis claims a 10-year-old was among those police sprayed with a chemical irritant as dozens of people marched downtown Wednesday night. Police have not said whether officers used pepper spray on the crowd. But, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said in a statement that the group’s concerns would be investigated.
The demonstration follows a decision by the top prosecutor in Dane County not to charge an officer in the death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson in March. The officer is white. Robinson is biracial.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says the investigation into the group’s concerns will include witness interviews and gathering video surveillance.
Harteau is asking anyone with information on the incident that happened at the demonstration to step forward.
The Star Tribune reported between 50 and 100 people took over a two-block area before heading to the Hennepin County Government Center where the protest ended.