Police have pepper-sprayed an 84-year-old black woman in her home.
Geneva Smith, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, received approximately one second’s worth of pepper spray to the face after police entered her house to arrest her son.
Two Muskogee police officers followed Arthur Paul Blackman to his mother’s home after he ran a stop sign.
It later emerged the car was not registered to Mr Blackmon.
On arriving, the officers asked Mr Blackmon to come outside. The 56-year-old man refused, allegedly claiming he did not realise they were police.
Once five more officers arrived, the police forced entry. Seeing Mr Blackmon standing in the living room, one officer shot him with an electrical stun gun.
Ms Smith, who was confused by the noise being made in the early hours of the morning, entered the room to find out what was happening.
After failing to turn around when asked to by an officer, she was pepper-sprayed in the face.
Ms Smith was then handcuffed and taken to jail with her son. In jail, she had a panic attack and was taken to hospital.
Scott Wood, a lawyer for Muskogee Police Force, said the use of pepper spray was understandable “given the totality of the circumstances.”
He did, however, warn the forced entry of Ms Smith’s home “could have been a home invasion.”
Rex Eskridge, Muskogee’s chief of police, said: “There is nothing more serious than to breach a home without a proper search warrant.
“We want to make sure that we were in compliance with not just policy, but the law.
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