A peaceful conference in Cleveland rallying against police brutality against African-Americans was disrupted – by police brutality against the African-American community.
After attendees protested the arrest of a 14-year-old boy, cops started to blast activists with pepper spray.
According to witnesses, the boy was thought to be intoxicated and was “slammed to the ground” after transit police confronted him about an open container by a bus stop.
One officer with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority was caught on camera at the ensuing protest, recklessly firing pepper spray into the crowd.
The arrested teenager was reportedly taken into an ambulance for treatment and later released to his mother, ABC affiliate Newsnet5 reports.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Police said in a statement that the teen was "intoxicated to the point where he was unable to care for himself," adding the cops reacted only after the crowd started to surround the vehicle in which the teen was held.
When the crowd prevented the car from leaving the area, "a Transit Police officer used a general burst of pepper spray in an attempt to push back the crowd, to no avail," the statement said.
The transit police confirmed the teen was eventually released to his mother "shortly before 6 p.m. local time."