Police in Columbus, Ohio were accused on Sunday of stealing two prosthetic legs from a double amputee after he was pepper sprayed at a protest.
Video of the incident was posted on Reddit. It shows a man without legs laying on the pavement while protesters call for a medic.
A local professor explained on Twitter that her husband had witnessed the event.
Today in Columbus my husband was downtown at the protests & saw the cops hit & mace an unarmed kid and then STEAL H… https://t.co/D1aeGXato9— Laurenn McCubbin (@Laurenn McCubbin)1592789781.0
For everyone asking: the protesters begged the cops for the legs back, cops refused. Then a group rushed the cops (… https://t.co/FEXOqbZsxS— Laurenn McCubbin (@Laurenn McCubbin)1592792164.0
This kid, who was doing nothing but exercising his 1st amendment rights, was knocked over, maced, and had to flee f… https://t.co/rgocCECsLv— Laurenn McCubbin (@Laurenn McCubbin)1592792286.0
According to the witness account, the double amputee was forced to flee from police "on his hands."
Video taken prior to the incident, shows Columbus police officers advancing on protesters.
NOW: Things have taken a turn here. Police came to intersection and tried to push crowd out with bikes. This happen… https://t.co/tqi9gUynLJ— Eric Halperin (@Eric Halperin)1592770729.0
Police Sgt. James Fuqua later defended the action by claiming officers used pepper spray as a last resort.
"We did use pepper spray," he admitted. "We absolutely used maximum restraint in using pepper spray as our last resort."