Seattle teacher pepper-sprayed by cop after Martin Luther King Jr. Day march files suit

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SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle high school teacher who was pepper-sprayed by a police officer after giving a speech at the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in January has filed a federal lawsuit against the department.

Jesse Hagopian, a history teacher at Garfield High School, said in his complaint that he was walking on a sidewalk and talking to his mother on his cell phone when a female officer pepper sprayed him on Jan. 19.

The incident was recorded on video, which showed the officer waving a canister and screaming at passers-by to back up before spraying some of them.

The civil rights complaint seeks damages to be determined at trial.

Hagopian says he suffered difficulty breathing, anxiety and stress from being pepper sprayed, and he missed some of his 2-year-old son's birthday party as he treated his injuries.

The Seattle Police Department said it did not have an immediate comment on the lawsuit.

To see an earlier Q13 FOX News story on this incident -- WATCH: Seattle teacher on phone pepper-sprayed by officer as he walked by police line -- click here.

The raw video below was released by Hagopian's attorney.

Warning: This raw video contains a vulgarity.


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    • ontheboat

      I wish you would OF paid more attention to your teachers so that you’d know the difference between of and have.

    • Chal

      I’ll bet you can be more ignorant if you try. What in that video brings you call him a scumbag? I wish they would shoot you, I’m sure you’re more deserving. You want to lay hate then you can take some.

  • tootietuttle

    good thing we’re getting more money for teachers. They can have more time off to attend these protests, walk out into trouble and then sue the public. this teacher is nothing more than scum.

  • Jim Kelly

    It’s her body likes to hide behind anonymity but first of all I doubt this is a woman but rather a closet murdere who has hidden a woman’s body I hope NSA investigates before he shoots somebody else!

  • Doug F

    I think Jim Kelly has a point I’ve been reading this nut jobs comments for a while now and this person sounds demented

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