A police body cam video (below) that surfaced from Tucson, Arizona, shows police knocking down an 86-year-old woman, and using pepper spray on a 65-year-old woman on Feb. 16.
The seniors were taking part in their local Day Without Immigrants protest, which began as a peaceful march, but got physical when the demonstrators started to walk in the street and police told them to get on the sidewalk, notes KOLD.
According to Tucson Police Department spokesman Sgt. Pete Dugan, a police officer was struck in the back, and when the other officer tried to arrest the perpetrator, the crowd advanced on the police.
The video, obtained by the news station on Feb. 24, shows the 86-year-old grandmother approaching the police, wagging her finger and shouting, reports The Washington Post.
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An officer pushes the senior, who weighs less than 100 pounds, backwards. She lands on her back, and hits her head on the concrete.
A 65-year-old woman, Rolande Baker, tries to help the older woman up, but a police officer douses her with pepper spray, causing her to retreat.
"I saw the police being way more aggressive than I’ve ever seen them be," Baker recalled. "Here’s this [86-year-old] woman on the ground, and they’re so busy pepper spraying those who were helping her, they never help her up. Do we look violent to you?"
The 86-year-old woman, who has not been identified, reportedly linked arms with three other female protesters, and blocked a police van from leaving. Police unlinked the women, and the senior was subsequently shoved.
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The 86-year-old woman was able to get back up, but Baker is still recovering from the pepper spray.
"It’s just terrible,” Baker recalled. "Would you do that to your mother? Would you do that to your grandmother? Because I’m about the age of your grandmother."
Four demonstrators were arrested, while three members of law enforcement were injured.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said his department is investigating the officers, whom he believed acted appropriately.
Immigrants right advocates said the police used unnecessary force and the arrests were unwarranted.