Waller county cop caught on camera pepper spraying at cameraman

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HEMPSTEAD, TX - Police using excessive force is a topic that's gotten a lot of attention recently in light of current events.

Yet, another video in which an officer displays some 'questionable behavior.'  This time, closer to home.

Bobby Hall, a senior Mass Communications student at Prairie View A&M, says a Waller County police officer pepper sprayed him while he stood outside his off-campus apartment; recording video of police trying to break up a party at the complex.

The cop, identified as Officer Cannon, can be seen looking towards the camera, and then he sprays.

Bobby tells us, "It was in my face. It hit me in my face and my camera. It was a burning sensation that continued for a few days."

What happened next isn't on the video, but Bobby says the incident wasn't over.  Bobby claims Cannon threw him to the ground, cuffed him, and then held him in a squad-car for about an hour.

"After they let me out the car, he tried to bargain with me saying that he would let me go if I promised not to release the video," Bobby further explains.

Bobby says he agreed not to release the video, and was let off the hook.  However, he did post it anyway, and after it went online, Cannon's actions came into question by the department.

Waller PD says they are reviewing the incident to determine if Cannon complied with standard operating procedures.  Until then, he's on administrative leave.


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