Arrive. Pepper spray. Leave.
That was what a 46-year-old California woman was caught on film doing after allegedly pepper-spraying a teen in the face protesting the death of George Floyd in Thousand Oaks.
Amy Atkisson was arrested Wednesday, on a charge of suspicion of unlawful use of tear gas for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl with pepper spray, KCBS reported.
Video of the alleged attack – which reportedly took place Sunday – circulated on social media. In the 48-second clip, a black Lexus can be seen stopped near an intersection as protesters chant “black lives matter” loudly.
The driver of the Lexus then rolls down the window and allegedly shoots pepper spray at one of the protesters.
“In California, it is a criminal offence to use pepper spray against another person out (of) anger or in a way that is not considered self-defence,” the video poster tweeted. “This is not right, we should not attack each other!”
According to the Ventura County Star, cops were able to locate Atkisson thanks to her “LUVMYUX” licence plates, which were visible on the video.
Captain Denise Silva of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office told the paper it took time to locate Atkisson and talk to her, noting “obviously we were getting a lot of people contacting dispatch who were present or saw the video.”
On Wednesday, the suspect was released from custody on no bail. She is scheduled to appear in court July 31.