The above represents the results of an RTA internal investigation into the pepper spray incident in July. GCRTA Officer Robert Schwab sprayed a canister of pepper spray into a crowd of people who were angered by the detainment of an intoxicated 14-year-old.
The crowd was largely made up of attendees at that weekend's Movement for Black Lives Convening at Cleveland State University. They began asking for answers when they saw the boy handcuffed at the Health Line stop at Euclid and E. 24th. Officers maintained that they were following protocol and were trying to keep the boy safe.
The above raw video shows the GCRTA officer interaction with the 14-year-old on the train, and the escalating tension when the crowd grows in size.
Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...