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Girl pepper-sprayed by Hagerstown Police demands compensation, family to file lawsuit

Posted at 11:15 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 13:21:38-05

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – A 15-year-old Maryland girl who was pepper-sprayed during a struggle with police is demanding compensation and new police training procedures.

Attorneys Robin Ficker and Denise Banjavic told Hagerstown city officials in a letter dated Thursday that the girl and her parents intend to file a lawsuit alleging denial of due process unless their demands are met.
 
Ficker said Monday the amount of compensation hasn't been determined.
 
Police sprayed the girl to get her into a cruiser as she fought and cursed at officers after her bicycle hit a car Sept. 18.
 
Police Chief Victor Brito has said the officers needed to question her about the collision.

RELATED: Police release body cam footage of Hagerstown pepper-spraying incident

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