Lawmakers Introducing Legislation to Ban Chemical Irritants on Minors After Rochester Incident

New York state lawmakers have moved quickly to introduce legislation that would ban the use of chemical irritants on minors by law enforcement.

The move was a response to Rochester police pepper-spraying a nine year old girl in a family disturbance call last week.

Protests were underway in Rochester on Monday night.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren late Monday ordered the suspension of officers involved in the pepper spray encounter. Interim Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan responded by suspending one officer while two others were placed on administrative leave, until an internal investigation has been completed.

In a separate statement Warren said that state law and union contracts prevented her from taking more serious action against the officers involved.

This story was at NPR.