Video surfaces showing Illinois cop pepper spraying two handcuffed teens

State authorities are investigating video that surfaced showing an Illinois police officer spraying two teens with mace – as they sat handcuffed in a holding cell.

State authorities are investigating video that surfaced showing an Illinois police officer spraying two teens with mace – as they sat handcuffed in a holding cell.

The video, which is dated January 26, 2015, shows the two teens sitting in the holding cell at the Alton Police Department. An officer then walks in holding what appears to be a can of pepper spray, says something, and then nonchalantly sprays both teens directly in their faces. One of the teens can be seen writhing and kicking in agony for several minutes afterwards.

“It’s infuriating to me to see this officer coming in and spraying these kids who are handcuffed,” said James Gray, President of the Alton NAACP said to KMOV-4.

Gray then slammed Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons, saying that he doesn’t approve of the way the department is being run.

“He’s up for re-appointment but I do not think he should be reappointed, he has to know about this and possibly many more things like this they haven’t sent to me,” Gray said.

From KMOV:

Simmons said he has known about the incident since March when a high ranking officer told him what took place. Simmons said it then took two months for officers to write a report on the incident, which he said he received May 6.

“It raised a red flag and appears to be a very serious issue. However, it will be investigated by internal affairs and everything will be looked over before any type of discipline will be issued,” Simmons said.

Simmons told News 4 he is upset that his officers were slow in reporting the incident to him. He believes the delay may be due to the fact that many officers do not like some of the reforms he has put in place, and are therefore trying to find a way to oust him from his post.

Watch the video below:



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    May 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    When the general public begins to turn against cops because they are all being “profiled” as bad cops….the cops will be very, very sorry. Cops needs the public as much as the public needs cops. When people are stepping over the bodies of the police and not even caring or noticing it will be too late.

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    May 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    rogue cops need to go….NOW!

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    May 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    That Officer was well within his rights to Pepper Spray that teen as the teen sitting handcuffed in a holding sell made him, the officer, fear for his life. It is for that reason the officer had to enter the “SECURE” holding cell and neutralize the “Handcuffed Threat”.

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    Silicon Shaman

    May 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Interesting to note, he pepper-sprayed the coloured kid [on the right] and left the white kid alone [on the left].

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    Simon Peters

    May 28, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Unfortunately the police in America seem more and more to be out of control. The whole culture of policing needs a root and branch overhaul. The police are, or should be, public servants, not judge jury and executioner, as this officer, and many others, appear to think.

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    June 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Maybe the USA should train their policemen like they do in other countries. It takes 3 to 5 years to become a police officer. In the USA they do some “courses” and can call themselves police officer. Of course you will find a lot of scum in there, and lot of idiots and a lot of trigger happy morons.

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    June 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Everyone seems to be looking at these situations in a one sided manner .
    As human beings we all have our limits as to what we will tolerate .
    An officer of the law is under instructions from his commanding officer to enforce laws .If someone breaks one of those laws and is arrested for it he should accept the fact and not continue to be provocative or abusive .
    Only when a person is wrongfully arrested and abused should there be a public outcry . Personally in both these videos i see the scenario i have described NOT an abuse of law enforcement or possible wrongful arrest . As the saying goes ” there’s a right way to go about things and a wrong one .
    People have a tendency to deny all wrong doing even when caught bang to rights .

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    Simon Peters

    June 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Your reply seems as muddled as your thinking. The officer has two prisoners who are helpless, and he sprays them with a noxious substance. That is NOT allowed. Full stop. End of discussion. A policeman is NOT Judge, jury and executioner as this policeman obviously thought he was. His behaviour is criminal. It is a common assault. he should be severely punished as his actions undermine both respect for the law and the force of which he is a member.

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    Shevelle Kiah

    June 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Mr. Ken I’m going to assume you’re being sarcastic in your post. I had to read it 3 times before I came to the conclusion that, that’s what you are doing. Anyways anyone that looks at that video with any authority should automatically recommend the officer be FIRED. On the spot if possible. Even if that kid had been resistant b4 hand, if he didn’t mace him then he didn’t have the right to do so once he was handcuffed & sitting down. Now ijs smdh.

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    Shevelle Kiah

    June 22, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I totally agree with you Mr. Peters. It’s sad, but I honestly don’t think some people (Steve included) will ever see it for what it is until something like this happens to one of their family members (children), close friend or even themselves. I don’t wish anything bad on anyone, but maybe that’s just what might need to happen. Ijs

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    Shevelle Kiah

    June 22, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Amen, I second that.

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    Simon Peters

    June 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Ken, Your reply shows the problem of using irony or sarcasm; unless you are careful people may not realise humour is what you are attempting.

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