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Report: Cop Pepper-Sprays 13-Year-Old Boy

•, Kit Daniels
 A Pennsylvania State Trooper is now on unpaid leave after being charged with pepper spraying his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son.

According to court records, Boatright denied that he maced the boy and said that he only pepper sprayed two cats sitting on the enclosed porch of their Menallen Township, Pa. home.

“Trooper Boatright vehemently denies the charges that have been filed against him,” Boatright’s attorney, Matthew Zatko, said. “He is very much looking forward to the opportunity to defend himself and clear his name.”

The boy, however, told police that Boatright had used pepper spray on him before.

Boatright, who had been a state trooper since 1989, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment and is scheduled to appear for court in January.

Overall, reports of excessive force by police keep increasing as police departments across the nation expand their arsenal of so-called “non-lethal” weaponry.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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"Penn. state trooper claims that he maced two cats instead"

Oh well, that makes sense ... Officer Safety and all.  Those cats must have been dangerous for you to need to fire it off hitting the kid.