Pepper-sprayed girl seeks compensation, police training

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Posted: Nov 07, 2016 12:31 PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A 15-year-old Maryland girl who was pepper-sprayed during a struggle with police is demanding compensation and new police training procedures.

Attorneys Robin Ficker and Denise Banjavic (BAN'-jah-vik) told Hagerstown city officials in a letter dated Thursday that the girl and her parents intend to file a lawsuit alleging denial of due process unless their demands are met.

Written notice is a prerequisite to suing a Maryland municipality.

Ficker said Monday the amount of compensation hasn't been determined.

He says he hasn't heard back from the city.

Police sprayed the girl to get her into a cruiser as she fought and cursed at officers after her bicycle hit a car Sept. 10.

Police Chief Victor Brito has said the officers needed to question the girl about the collision.