Fort Worth Officer Off Patrols After Pepper Spray Incident

Screenshot from video by East Texas Heat Productions via YouTube.
Screenshot from video by East Texas Heat Productions via YouTube.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A North Texas police officer has been removed from patrols after video shows him discharging pepper spray at some passing motorcycle riders.

Fort Worth police on Monday placed the officer, identified as W. Figueroa, on administrative duty amid the investigation.

A motorcyclist with a GoPro camera on Sunday recorded Figueroa discharging pepper spray toward the riders. The video was posted on Facebook.

Police say the incident, while Figueroa stopped a truck for a traffic violation, was also captured on his body camera and patrol car camera.

Fort Worth police earlier received calls reporting motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic and driving in a reckless manner.

Motorcyclist Jack Kinney, who shot the video, says he witnessed no such reckless driving.

Fort Worth police on Tuesday said Figueroa was not commenting.

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