— Jesse Hagopian (@JessedHagopian) January 20, 2015
Looks like SPD pepper sprayed the wrong skell. From his lawyer’s press release:
The James Bible Law Group will be filing a tort claim against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department in relation to the senseless pepper spraying of a prominent Seattle School Teacher and activist shortly after his MLK day speech. Jesse Hagopian had finished giving a powerful speech about how black lives matter when he was sprayed with pepper spray by a Seattle Police Officer. He was on the phone with his mother and making plans to be at his two year old child’s birthday party when he was sprayed. It is notable that this irrational police action occurred while he was several feet onto a Seattle Sidewalk.
This incident was captured on video and we will be allowing the media to view it during tomorrow’s press statement.
Can’t wait to see the video. And I hope Hagopian and his lawyers take this case as far as they can possibly go.
UPDATE: Here is the video clip of an SPD officer assaulting Hagopian and other peaceful passersby:
Hard to see how anybody can defend this as responsible policing.