Muskogee, Okla., police are investigating a pepper-spray incident involving an 84-year-old woman in her home.
Fox 23 reports that officers were looking for Geneva Smith’s son last week when it occurred. He ran into his home, where police used a Taser on him.
Smith then came out to see what was going on, and one of about four to six officers asked her to turn around. The video shows that about 40 seconds elapsed before they sprayed Smith in the face, after which she immediately went down.
NewsOn6 reports that family members said Smith had to go to the hospital. They’re demanding an apology from the Police Department.
Muskogee Police Chief Rex Eskridge said to Fox 23 that the department released the body-cam footage to the public to be in full transparency. The investigation is ongoing, and there are reportedly two more officers left to interview before it is complete.
Chief Eskridge said he will then decide where to go from there.
“This is a very important issue,” said Eskridge to Fox 23. “There is a lot of missing information out there. There is a lot of prejudgment out there and a lot of concern.”
Watch the video below and see for yourself. Did police act too quickly in pepper-spraying this woman?