A Forth Worth police officer identified only as “W. Figueroa” was video recorded Sunday afternoon spraying a pack of sport bikes with pepper spray.
Television station KXAS has reported that multiple drivers complained to police Sunday afternoon about sport bike riders performing stunts on Highway 287. Figueroa pulled over a red pickup truck driven by Brittany Botella for “blocking traffic to record motorcycles driving recklessly” with her cellphone.
Botella, who is six months pregnant, told KXAS “I looked out my mirror and I seen all the Mace going towards all the bikes. And then it hit us. And then I started choking and that’s exactly what happened.”
Markus Hernandez, who was riding in the back of Botella’s truck and who has asthma. had to be hospitalized after being exposed to the spray.
Botella was cited for driving without a license. Hernandez was cited for standing in the back of a moving vehicle.
The Fort Worth Police Department publishes an “Honor Code” on its website. The code pledges: “I will respectfully serve the citizens of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Police Department. I will dedicate myself to the protection of life, property, and our public trust. My integrity, character, and courage will be above reproach, and I will accept no less from other members of our department.”
Fort Worth police issued a statement this morning that claimed, “An investigation was begun immediately upon receipt of the video this morning. At this time, detectives are trying to locate witnesses and identify the officer involved.”
The video, below, was shot by Jack Kinney with a GoPro and uploaded to YouTube by Chase Stone. Both men are from Longview, Texas and both belong to an informal riding club called East Texas Heat.