MUSKOGEE, Okla.(KRON)—Police officers in Oklahoma pepper-sprayed an 84-year-old woman while they were looking for her son last week.
The Muskogee police released the body camera video to the public.
Police accuse Geneva Smith’s son of running a stop sign and going into the house.
Smith’s son refused to come out of the home when officers asked him, police said.
Officers then entered the home and told him to come out before they tased him.
84-year-old Geneva Smith then came out of the home. Police ordered her to turn around.
About 40 seconds after the demand, police pepper-sprayed her and then she bent down.
Police Chief Rex Eskridge says the department is working to resolve the incident.
“This is a very important issue, there is a lot of misinformation out there, there is a lot of prejudgment going on, there is a lot of concern,” Chief Eskridge said.
The police department released the video to the public in order to build upon the positive relationship it has with the community, the police chief said.
The 84-year-old woman was taken to jail and had a panic attack when she was there.
Smith says she plans on taking legal action against the police department.