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Activists in Austin, Texas have accused an officer of using excessive force after he pepper-sprayed a handcuffed man inside a police wagon in a parking lot at the SXSW festival last week, according to the Huffington Post.

Peaceful Streets Project, a local police watchdog group, posted the video on YouTube, showing an officer opening the door at the rear of a police van last week during the South by Southwest Festival, and accosting the victim, the report says:

“What’d I tell you about kicking the door?” the officer says to the subject inside. 

“I didn’t do nothing,” the man replies.

The officer then sprays him in the face from a few feet away: 

“What’d I tell you about kicking the door?” the officer repeats as the man falls backward and puts his hands to his face. “I told you.”

The incident is under investigation, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The activists vowed to monitor police activity throughout the duration of the festival, which ended Sunday. Watch the video above and sound off in the comments.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube


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