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Seattle Cop Pepper Sprays Teacher Who Was Talking On Phone (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A Seattle police officer apparently pepper sprayed a high school teacher, Jesse Hagopian, who was talking on his cellphone while walking in a Martin Luther King Day parade on Jan. 19.

A video (below) of the incident was uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 28 by Hagopian's lawyer, James Bible.

"I felt the piercing pain shoot through my eye, my eardrum and my nostril, all over my cheek and face," Hagopian told KOMO (video below).

Hagopian filed a tort claim, the first step in a lawsuit, on Jan. 28 against the City of Seattle and the police department, noted The Stranger.

"(Hagopian) was pepper sprayed irrationally by a police officer, no provocation and no reason," Bible told KOMO.

Seattle Police Department spokesman Patrick Michaud said he couldn't comment as he had not seen the video, but Seattle Mayor Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement, "We have worked to create and implement a comprehensive and transparent police accountability system that will be the most robust in the nation. Under the accountability system that we've set up, the uses of force that occurred during the MLK protests are currently under review and being investigated."

Sources: KOMO, The Stranger  Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot