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.”
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.