The Columbus Police Department is under fire on Monday after witnesses say police officers stole two prosthetic legs from a double amputee after he was pepper-sprayed at a protest.
Video of the protesters tending to the double-amputee laying on the pavement while they cried about for a medic has gone viral.
COLUMBUS, 21-Jun: Police struck a young man, knocking him to the ground and macing him before stealing his prosthetic legs so he couldn’t escape.
Video shows the aftermath, after demonstrators retrieved his legs from police. Calling medic… pic.twitter.com/Ud0yny6ylz
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A local Ohio professor explained on Twitter that her husband witnessed the event, tweeting: “Today in Columbus my husband was downtown at the protests & saw the cops hit & mace an unarmed kid and then STEAL HIS PROSTHETIC LEGS.”
“This kid, who was doing nothing but exercising his 1st amendment rights, was knocked over, maced, and had to flee from the cops ON HIS HANDS, to find medical help.”
“For everyone asking: the protesters begged the cops for the legs back, cops refused. Then a group rushed the cops (getting maced) and were able to grab the legs back & get them back to the kid.”
For everyone asking: the protesters begged the cops for the legs back, cops refused. Then a group rushed the cops (getting maced) and were able to grab the legs back & get them back to the kid.
— Laurenn McCubbin (@laurennmcc) June 22, 2020
Another video shared widely on Twitter shows Columbus police officers advancing on protesters, pushing them back with their bikes which they used as battering rams and deploying pepper spary.
— Eric Halperin (@EricHalperinTV) June 21, 2020
Police Sgt. James Fuqua later defended the action by claiming officers used pepper spray as a last resort, reports RawStory.
“We did use pepper spray,” he said. “We absolutely used maximum restraint in using pepper spray as our last resort.”