CRIME
01/30/2015 01:45 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cop Pepper Sprayed Teacher Talking On Phone With Mom: Lawsuit (VIDEO)

A Seattle teacher plans to sue the city after he said he was pepper sprayed when he walked by a police officer while he talked on his cell phone with his mom.

In the video above, Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian can be seen walking by a line of cops on his phone as a female officer sprays him in the face as she yells "get back."

KIRO reports that the incident took place during a "Black Lives Matter" rally on Martin Luther King Day.

On Wednesday, Hagopian filed a $500,000 claim signifying his intent to sue unless he can reach an agreement with the city.

"Soon after I answered the call I felt the piercing pain shoot through my eye," Hagopian told KIRO.

A spokesperson for the Seattle City Attorney's Office told KING that they couldn't comment on a pending claim.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole declined to comment on Hagopian's allegations, but she said all six use of force incidents that took place on Martin Luther King Day are being reviewed by the department, according to the Seattle Times.

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