A Waller, Texas, police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after being videotaped pepper spraying a college student last week for no apparent reason.
Officer Adolphus Cannon, a three-and-a-half-year veteran of the Waller Police Department, is on leave while the department, assisted by the District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers, investigates the incident.
The event occurred early in the morning of Oct. 6, when police responded to a disturbance call and Bobby Hall, a senior at Prairie View A&M University, started recording.
“Yeah, it’s what I do,” Hall told KTRK-TV. “I’m a mass communication major.”
His video shows a Waller police officer, later identified by the department as Cannon, spraying the irritant in the direction of the camera and, presumably, Hall’s face.
“It just started burning my face. It was burning. It burned for a couple of days,” Hall said.
Cannon attempted to negotiate with Hall, offering to let him go in return for his agreement not to release the video, Hall told KTRK-TV.
“We are currently reviewing this incident to determine the officer’s compliance with standard operating procedures,” the department said in a statement.
“I think he should lose his job. I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong. I was just using my First Amendment Right,” Hall said.
KTRK-TV reported it was unable to reach Cannon for comment.
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