A Texas cop has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on video shooting pepper spray into a crowd of 200 bikers driving down the highway.
Fort Worth police placed an officer, identified as W. Figueroa, on administrative leave Monday after video surfaced allegedly showing the officer spraying pepper spray into a group of bikers, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. A biker in the group filmed the incident on a GoPro camera. The video shows the officer, who is pulled over on the side of the road, get out of his car with a canister and spray it out into the middle of the highway, apparently trying to hit the motorcyclists.
“During the big ride today we had a law enforcement officer, that looked as if he was pulling over a truck, stepped out of his vehicle with mace in hand and began spraying it towards the riders with intention of causing an accident!!!” Chase Stone, who took the video and posted it online, wrote in a Facebook post. “Law enforcement is here to protect and serve, not intentionally try to harm others.”
About 200 bikers were participating in the “Welcome Back Weather” ride Sunday when the incident occured.
“But if one of riders in the outer lane — of course they were on the inside of the outer lane, giving him his space as law would require — if that spray would’ve hit one of those guys in the eyes or the face, or if their masks were open, it would have caused a major disaster on the highway, in my opinion,” Stone told The Longview News Journal.
Police are still investigating the allegations.
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