The Austin Police Department was caught on video (below) pepper-spraying a man in custody. The leaked video has gone viral.
The video, taken on March 17, was given to KTBC by the Peaceful Streets Project.
The video’s caption states, "The Peaceful Streets Project and WeCopwatch have come together to launch a 10 day straight campaign for SXSW 2016 in Austin. The campaign consist of nightly copwatches, know your rights and cop watch college trainings throughout the city.”
In the clip, an officer opens the door of an armored police vehicle to speak to a cuffed suspect. The officer asks him, “What did I tell you about kicking the door?”
The man in custody replies, "I didn't do nothing" and then the officer reaches into the vehicle and pepper sprays the man in the face.
The officer repeats, "What did I tell you about kicking the door?" He then closes the door of the armored vehicle and the suspect can be heard crying out.
According to the official Twitter account of Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, the department is launching an investigation.
The events that led up to the incident aren’t shown in the edited footage produced by Peaceful Streets, which was posted to YouTube on March 18.
It appears that the ADP officers bring the suspect some water later in the clip.